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Fire Chief Olson announces retirement

Jun 07, 2016 10:01AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

After leading the Geneva Fire Department during a time of substantial growth and change in the community for the past two decades, Fire Chief Steve Olson has announced his retirement effective June 30.

Chief Olson has spent 42 years serving in the Geneva Fire Department, first being hired in 1974 as a paid-on-call firefighter. After being promoted to Fire Lieutenant in 1978, he joined the Fire Department on a full-time basis the following year. His career ascension included being named Captain in 1982, Deputy Fire Chief in 1986 and finally Fire Chief in 1996. He oversees a combination department of 26 full-time firefighter/paramedics and more than 40 paid-on-call firefighters.

Chief Olson is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Kane County Chiefs Association, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System—Illinois, Illinois Fire Accreditation Managers workgroup, and Tri-Com Central Dispatch Board of Directors.

A lifelong Geneva resident, he and his wife Beth have three daughters, all of whom graduated from Geneva High School.