The fire committee recommended, and the township board approved, the hiring of Jeff Drake, a lieutenant with the Plainfield Fire Department.
Drake, who lives northwest of Sand Lake, has been with Plainfield Township Fire Department since 1984, and he has been lieutenant since 1998. He has earned various professional licenses, and carried various responsibilities, including acting as shift supervisor/duty chief while working on the Plainfield Fire Department.
“He comes with a lot of experience,” said Solon Township Supervisor Bob Ellick.
Ellick said that Drake would start at $8,000 per year to start, and would receive reviews at 90 and 180 days. He starts immediately.
Fire Chief Joyce Vandermey let Solon know earlier this summer that she was resigning. Deputy Chief Brian VanderLaan filled in as interim chief while they searched for a new one.