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Former Chicago Fire Chief Takes Carol Stream Job

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Chicago's former fire chief has a new job.

Less than two weeks after Robert Hoff stepped down as Fire Department Commissioner, the Carol Stream Fire Department hired him as deputy chief, the Daily Herald reports.

Hoff, 56, resigned from the Chicago post on Feb. 16 after 35 years saying he wants to spend more time with his family. The third generation firefighter revealed beforehand that he opposed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to cut fire truck staffing requirements.

Hoff told the Daily Herald the new job is less administrative than his Chicago post. He'll be responsible for a 15-square-mile area of Carol Stream and sections of Bloomingdale, Winfield and Glendale Heights.

"All's I ever wanted to be was a firefighter," said Hoff on the day he stepped down. "By the grace of God, I got where I was." During the farewell, one of his grandsons wore Hoff's badge, the other donned Hoff's father's badge.

Jose Santiago, a veteran firefighter and former head of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, was named commissioner in Hoff's place.

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