Village of Sussex - The Sussex Village Board has decided the pay range for the full-time fire chief will be between $80,000 and $95,000.

The figure was decided at the Tuesday, Aug. 9, village board meeting based on data pulled from local communities. From the data, the village found the average current pay is about $92,000 per year for a full-time fire chief.

According to a memorandum written to the village board by Village Administrator Jeremy Smith, “The commission would like to proceed expeditiously with filling the fire chief position.”

The next step in seeking a fire chief will be a nationwide search for qualified candidates.

This is the first time the village and board of fire commissioners have ever had to hire a fire chief, said Trustee Pat Tetzlaff.

“Corky (former fire chief Colin "Corky" Curtis) was in for 16 years,” Tetzlaff said. “He just slid into it so naturally because he was a full-time firefighter in Brookfield. Before that, the chief may have been appointed.”

The memorandum also referenced Curtis’ dedication to the department, and reminded the board that it would not be possible to have the same arrangement with the incoming chief as the department had prior.

“The village was extremely fortunate to have had a chief who for part-time wages dedicated his heart and soul to the department,” Smith wrote. “The village should not have expectations that such a situation is replicable. I have mentioned many times over the years the village would face this situation when Corky retired. That day has now arrived.”

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