Excerpts from centralillinoisproud.com:

Bloomington announced Tuesday it promoted Deputy Fire Chief Cory Matheny to be the city’s chief. Matheny has worked in the Bloomington Fire Department for 23 years and started his public safety career in 1996 in Paxton. He will start his new position on Dec. 1.

He will succeed Eric West, who was named Bloomington fire chief in 2021 and announced his retirement in September with his last day come on Dec. 7. West has served with the department for 32 years.