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Change in ranks

In January, Fire Chief Rob Wylie announced his intention to retire at the end of 2016.

Wylie has served 11 years as Cottleville’s Fire Chief, 14 years with Central County Fire Rescue and five years with St. Charles Fire District.

“Thirty years is a good career in this business,” Wylie said in announcing his retirement. “I’m ready to take on new challenges and spend more time with my family.”

In conjunction with this announcement, Assistant Chief of Professional Standards Dean Everett was appointed as the new fire chief, effective Feb. 1. Wylie moved to the position of chief operating officer to manage the transition process and assist with the administrative functions for the remainder of the year.

Everett has a distinguished fire service career that began in 1986. He formerly served as a firefighter for Cottleville in 1989 and 1990, and then rose to the rank of fire captain at the Frontenac Fire Department and served for over 20 years. Everett also served as an instructor and deputy chief for the St. Louis County Fire Academy for 25 years. He further is a past Instructor of the Year for the St. Louis Metro Training Officer Association. Everett returned to Cottleville as an assistant chief in 2013 as part of the C.A.R.E.S. initiative.  For the last three years he has led the training and human resource duties for the fire district.

In March, Captain Skip Stephens was promoted to the position of assistant chief of professional standards. Stephens began his fire service career with Cottleville in 2000 and was promoted to captain in 2012. In 2008, he was integral in establishing Cottleville Firefighters Outreach and led the firefighters’ charitable organization as its executive director for eight years.

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