Village Manager Dave Fieldman announced today the appointment of Jim Jackson as Fire Chief of the Downers Grove Fire Department. Jackson has been serving as Acting Chief following the retirement of former Chief Phil Ruscetti in August 2009 and will assume his duties as Fire Chief effective immediately. He will be officially sworn in at the Village Council meeting on Tuesday, February 9.
The Village conducted a competitive search and Jackson was selected as one of five interview candidates. “Jim Jackson’s outstanding leadership qualities, organizational knowledge and demonstrated commitment to efficiency and innovation make him the best person for the job,” stated Village Manager Fieldman.
Jackson was appointed Deputy Chief in November 2001 and his overall career in the Downers Grove Fire Department spans 22 years. During that time, he has served as a Fire Fighter, Technical Rescue Coordinator, Lieutenant and worked with the Illinois Urban Search and Rescue team as Planning Chief. He was also an integral part of the team responsible for the design and construction of the new Fire Station 2, as well as the operational changes made recently to address current financial conditions.
“I am very proud to serve the Downers Grove community as Fire Chief and look forward to leading the men and women of the department who share my commitment to providing top notch fire protection and emergency medical services,” stated Fire Chief Jackson.