SHOREWOOD – After serving as Troy Fire Chief for five years, Steve Engledow will retire next month.
"It's the end of my contract and it's time to move on," Engledow said Friday. "I think I accomplished what I set out to do here and I'm happy with the shape I'm leaving the department in."
Before taking over in Troy, Engledow served nearly 28 years as a Joliet firefighter. He retired as deputy chief in 2007.
Engledow was also assistant chief with the East Joliet Fire Department for a year. He has also worked on the Frankfort and Country Club Hills fire departments.
During his tenure as chief, Engledow arranged for the first full-time firefighters to be hired directly by Troy, instead of through a contract service, and changed the department vehicle colors from yellow-green to a dark red. He also prepared evaluations that reduced insurance ratings for Shorewood property owners because of increased fire services.