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Joe Corl named new Cherry Valley fire chief, announces retirement from Rockford Fire Department

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Published: Dec. 12, 2016 at 3:06 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Fire Department Division Chief Joe Corl has announced he will be retiring in January and will be taking over as fire chief for another Stateline community.

Corl will be accepting the position of Fire Chief for the Cherry Valley Fire Protection District in neighboring Cherry Valley.

Corl has served on the Rockford Fire Department since March of 1989, most recently serving as the Division Chief of Operations. He will retire from his position in Rockford on January 27, 2017 and assume his new duties in Cherry Valley on January 30.

District Chief Michele Pankow, who has served on the Rockford Fire Department for over 24 years, has been named as the new Division Chief of Operations. Chief Pankow will take over full responsibilities for the position on February 3, 2017.