About The Board of Fire Commissioners

  • Source of Authority

    The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District pursuant to power and authority derived from the Fire Protection District Act" (70 ILCS 705/16.01 et seq.) and the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Act (65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-1 et seq., as well as other applicable State and federal statutes, common law, and the State and federal constitutions.

    Board of Fire Commissioners

    The scope of duties of the Board of Fire Commissioners shall generally include: Establishing policies for recruiting, testing, selection, and promotion for all members covered under its authority. The Board shall have such other powers and duties as are given it by the statutes of the State of Illinois.
  • The Board of Fire Commissioners is made up of three members appointed by the Board of Trustees. Each Commissioner holds a term of three years.
  • Each year at the Board of Trustees meeting in June, the Board of Trustees appoints a Fire Commissioner. The Board of Fire Commissioners shall annually elect a Chairperson and a Secretary during the first meeting each fiscal year. The Chairperson shall be the presiding officer at all meetings. The Secretary shall assist the Board by preparing all correspondence, keeping records, assisting in the testing process, and performing other duties as assigned by the Board. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board in a permanent record book and shall be the custodian of all the forms, papers, books, records, and completed examinations of the Board, and shall perform all other duties the Board prescribes. (70 ILCS 705/16.02)
  • Regular Meetings

    Regular meetings of the Board shall be held quarterly or as determined necessary by the members of the Board. At the beginning of each calendar year, the Board shall prepare and make available a schedule of all its regular meetings, listing the times and places of such meetings. Meetings shall be held and notice of the meetings shall be given in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/1 et seq.).

    Special Meetings

    Special Meetings are open to the public. The Administrative Assistant posts written notice with the agenda forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled meeting. This notice contains a brief statement of the business to be submitted for the consideration by the Board, and will set forth the time and place of the meeting. (5 ILCS 120/2.02(a)).

    Closed Meetings

    During any regular or special meeting, a closed session may be held for any purpose upon a proper motion, made by any member of the Board. These meetings can be called for any reason set forth in 5 ILCS 120/2 or any other reason authorized by law. Closed sessions may be limited to Commissioners and such invited persons as the Board may deem necessary. The Secretary will record the motion to close the meeting, record the roll call vote of the Commissioners on said motion, and keep minutes of the closed session. (5 ILCS 120/2 and 2a).


    A majority of the Board constitute a quorum for the conduct of all business. All meetings are only held with a quorum of the Board present.

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