2 hired at Algonquin-LITH fire district

New employees complete dept.’s restructuring

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District this week completed the reorganization of its administration by hiring a Chicago firefighter with 34 years of experience as the new assistant chief.

Peter Van Dorpe, who is in charge of the training division for the Chicago Fire Department, is scheduled to start with Algonquin-Lake in the Hills on Oct. 1.

He is set to earn $111,750 a year.

According to fire district documents, 20 people applied for the position and four were interviewed.

Van Dorpe’s responsibilities will include strategic planning, budget administration, data analysis, policy development and emergency preparedness coordination, among other things.

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Chief Patrick Mullen said Van Dorpe has broad experience in the fire protection industry, including in fire suppression, firefighter training and budget management.

The fire district also recently hired Cristiane Randall as the management services director. Randall started work Aug. 26 at an $84,818 annual salary.

Her job includes human resources responsibilities, managing employee benefit programs and risk management, worker’s compensation administration, informational services and data management, supervising occupational health, processing payroll, and participating in labor-management and contract administration.       

Randall previously worked for the village of Hanover Park in the human resources department. She also has experience in network administration, programming and web design.

“We expect great things from them,” Mullen said.

The additions of Van Dorpe and Randall were the final moves of an administrative restructuring at the fire district.

Mullen was the permanent replacement for former Fire Chief Kevin Rynders, who resigned January.

John Gaughan, former assistant chief of administration, did not have his contract renewed at the end of April and was replaced by Randall.

The assistant chief position has been vacant since the middle of last year. The position was held by Tim Littlefield, who now is the administrative captain.