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Hoffman Estates fire chief retiring after 38 years with department

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  • Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett speaks to first responders in 2009. Gorvett is set to retire on June 30 after 38 years with the department.

      Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett speaks to first responders in 2009. Gorvett is set to retire on June 30 after 38 years with the department.
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After nearly four decades with the department -- and five years at the helm -- Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett is retiring.

Village Manager Jim Norris made the announcement during Monday's village board meeting. Gorvett's last day is June 30, and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Jorian will serve as acting chief until the position is permanently filled.

Jorian said this Thursday actually marks 41 years since Gorvett started a three-year stint as a volunteer firefighter for the village. He was hired full time in 1975.

"He's been a great leader to the department, through all the ranks," Jorian said.

Gorvett was promoted to his current position in June 2008. Jorian said during that time Gorvett has been an "innovator," particularly in finding ways to get the department through tough economic times.

Jorian said Gorvett doesn't have plans to work anywhere else and is instead looking forward to spending time with family in his retirement.

Gorvett could not be immediately reached for comment Monday night.

A private luncheon will be held to honor Gorvett from noon to 1 p.m. at village hall on Thursday, June 27, according to Jorian. Members of the public will be able to wish him well from 2:30 to 5 p.m. during an open house.

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