Scio Township Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to bring aboard a well-known and highly respected fire service professional to help select its next fire chief. The township entered into a one-year contract, effective April 1, with former City of Ypsilanti Fire Chief and Chelsea Area Fire Authority Interim Chief John Ichesco during its March 13 board meeting. Ichesco will provide professional guidance to the Scio Township Fire Department as the body undergoes a selection process for a new permanent chief and continues to assess the department’s overall organizational needs.
Icheso served the City of Ypsilanti for 28 years beginning as a firefighter in 1984 and retiring as Fire Chief in December 2012. He served as a delegate on the Michigan Fire Service Coalition for seven years (2004 – 2012) and is former President of the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society (2004 – 2005) and the Michigan Joint Fire Service Council. He also served on a committee to reorganize the Michigan Fire Marshal’s office.
Further, he served as President of the Ypsilanti Firefighters’ Association for eight years and President of the Washtenaw One Hundred Club, an organization that supports active police officers and firefighters. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Washtenaw Memorial Park, which was dedicated to the memories of fallen police officers and firefighters in Washtenaw County. He has also served on the City of Ypsilanti’s Nuisance Abatement Team and Zoning Board of Appeals as well as the Washtenaw County Emergency Planning Commission.
And, for his profound contributions, he’s not looking for recognition.
“I’d like to just be here and be gone and my name’s not anywhere when I leave,” he told the Scio Township Board with a smile.
Ichesco will be compensated $64,000 for his services. Meanwhile, STFD Interim Chief Doug Armstrong will continue in his current capacity alongside Ichesco.