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Fire chief settles into first weeks in Monroe
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New Monroe Fire Chief Dan Smits poses for a portrait at the westside fire station Wednesday. Smits took the oath of office for his new position March 8 during the Common Council meeting. Smits has been a firefighter for 40 years, mainly in Illinois. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - With slightly more than two weeks under his belt, Monroe Fire Chief Dan Smits feels the support of a community, whether they know his job title or not, and hopes to call the city his home once he decides to retire years from now. "I would be confident, and I would hope this is the place I would retire, and live," Smits said. Hired by the Monroe Common Council earlier this month, Smits rose to the highest position he has held in his 40 years as a firefighter.