Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Jason W. Brandt has been on the job as Skokie’s new fire chief since Jan. 19, but it was made official earlier this month when he was sworn in at a Skokie Village Board meeting February 5th.

Unlike recent major hires in the village, Skokie went outside the department to select a new fire chief. Brandt has spent his entire 20-year career with the Louisville Fire Department. He took over for former Chief Jim Walters, a 30-year veteran with the Skokie Fire Department.