Rizzo also said promoting from within the ranks gives the firefighters something to strive for.
"When you show the younger firefighters that there is room to grow, it gives them motivation. I am all for promoting from within if you have people who meet and exceed the qualification," said Rizzo.
In the past, there had been some discussion among members of the village Board of Trustees over whether to hire a chief from within the department or not, with Trustee Armon Benny suggesting an outsider could turn a fresh eye on the staffing and overtime issues that have plagued the department in recent years.
"I believe we have fully capable and good firefighters who can run the fire scene," Benny said. "However, I think that managing a department is a different story. A lot of times you are working with a million dollar union contract, and you need to be able to see things from a different side. It's a question of being able to manage, and sometimes an outsider can see things someone who has been in the department cannot."
Benny, who is up for re-election in November, said he feels that any additional increases in the fire department budget will further burden residents financially.
"Our residents are in a position where they can no longer afford another increase in taxes," said Benny. "We need someone who can come in with the skills to manage a budget."
The Board of Trustees was scheduled to discuss the issue further at its Wednesday, Oct. 8, meeting. ""