Lemont fire chief eyes retirement, spot on Romeoville Village Board
|Lemont Fire Protection District Chief Carl Churulo.|
When it comes to retirement, some may dream of warm weather year-round, beaches, and days of sleeping-in and lounging.
Lemont Fire Chief Carl Churolo’s retirement dream is to be seated as a trustee on the Romeoville Village Board.
“I don’t know how to relax. I am on the go most of the time,” Churulo said. “Retirement gives me an opportunity to give back and I’ll have more time to give back.”
Churulo, who moved to Romeovile in 1976 with his wife of 44 years — Phyliss, will retire from his post as fire chief on Aug. 15 after eight years.
He’s no stranger to people in Romeoville — he is already a member of its planning and zoning commission, is a founding member of the local Rotary Club, a member of the local Kiwanis Club and a member of the local branch of the Knights of Columbus.
In his bid to fill one of three trustee seats on the Romeoville Village Board, Churulo will run as an independent against three incumbents in the April election.
“I want to try and address the issues and cut back on spending a bit,” Churulo said. “Romeoville has come a long way, but you have to watch your spending like anything else.”
Churulo may be joined on the village board by a former Chicago Bears Super Bowl champ. Steve McMichael is running for Romeoville mayor against incumbent John Noak. Churulo said “Mongo stands a chance” to win and said in he has found talking politics with the former Bear to be “interesting.”
In 1990, Churulo became the first full-time fire chief for the village of Romeoville and spent 14 years in that position. In 2004, Churulo came to Lemont as the Lemont Fire Protection District’s fire chief.
“I’ve been happy here,” Churulo said. “Personally and professionally this was a great move for me. Everything the board wanted to accomplish I’ve accomplished.”
Before leaving the Lemont Fire Protection District, Churulo said he hopes he will be involved in the selection of the new fire chief. He also hopes the new chief will be hired by July 1 so he has about four to six weeks to help acclimate the chosen candidate to the new position.
“I think we will stay within,” Churulo said. “I hope they will. I have people that are ready to step up.”
Despite the outcome of the April elections, Churulo is planning for his retirement years.
“I have been learning to take sometime for myself and my wife and clam down,” Churulo said. “I hope to enjoy myself and make a difference for people.”
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