Urbana isn't the only city in Champaign County that will soon be losing its fire chief. Champaign Fire Chief Doug Forsman said he will retire on Nov. 29, after two tours of duty with the department that total 17 years. Altogether, he has worked in the fire service for 50 years. He credits coordination among local departments as one of his biggest accomplishments.
Forsman's departure will come only 5 months after another veteran fire chief, Urbana's Mike Dilley, steps down.
Even though it won't be fishing weather when he retires, Forsman says he plans to wet plenty of lines in his free time, and also hop in his RV with his wife and travel south. Forsman says the city hopes to have a new chief hired by the time he steps down. He's hopeful that someone from within the department will apply, but he says there will probably be a nationwide search as well.