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UPDATED: Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff stepping down.

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Chicago Tribune:

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff plans to announce his resignation on Thursday, the head of the firefighters union said Wednesday night.

Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Thomas Ryan announced Hoff’s planned departure at a union meeting. Ryan told fire union members that Hoff had told him “it was time to go.”

Another source familiar with the situation called Hoff's resignation “imminent” and said it is for personal reasons, not because of any policy differences with new Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Sun-Times:

Hoff, 56, is a third generation Chicago firefighter whose father was killed in the line of duty. He chose to retire — and go out on his own terms — on the 50th anniversary of his father’s death.

Sources said the decision was his. The mayor did not force him out.

“Thirty-five years is long enough. He wants to go teach firemen and keep them safe. That’s what he wants to do,” said a source close to the commissioner.

WGN Radio:

Hoff, a third-generation hero firefighter, was appointed by then-Mayor Richard Daley to lead the department in June 2010. Hoff was popular with the rank and file. 

Hoff, a fire veteran of more than 30 years, twice was awarded the department's top honor for bravery. In 1992, he rescued elderly residents from burning buildings following a gas explosion. In 1997, he saved 4-year-old twin boys from an Englewood building fire. Hoff also spent 21 days in a burn unit after suffering injuries fighting a fire in 1984.


"On behalf of the Chicago Fire Fighters' Union,we wish Commissioner Hoff well in his retirement. He was a public servant of unquestionable integrity with a passionate and unwavering commitment to fire safety for the public-at-large as well as for rank-and-file firefighters and paramedics. He always stood-up for what he believed in and was never afraid to speak his mind. He was the unique leader who was able to cut budgets while never sacrificing vital resources or staffing,and as a result Chicago firefighters and paramedics have the fastest response time of any city in the nation. That is a legacy to be proud of. Chicago is truly a better and safer city because of his leadership and public service."

Tom Ryan President Chicago Fire Fighters' Union,Local 2

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  • DcFireman

    For the love of God, please, please, pretty pleace DC govt do something right for once in my career and fire LRB and hire Commissioner Hoff. Congrats on a brilliant career Mr. Hoff hold your head high, the men will take it from here!!!

  • Lineman

    Maybe he can come be the Chief in DC after LRB really jumps on the crazy train well out of sight !!

  • Dickey

    There is something to be said about a chief that the whole department loves.
    Have a great retirement Chief…well deserved. A fireman's fireman.

  • Suburban Chief

    For those f/fs that have never met Bob, make every effort to catch him during his retirement. He is truly the best and as a fellow instructor and suburban chief I have a high regard for this guy. Even beyond himself was the dedication of his family, including his father and brother Ray, to the fire service. Bob Hoff you taught many of us about safety and your willingness to give your opinion when we needed it was a blessing to all of us. This is truly a sad day for CFD. Let us not forget Bob's father who died as an LODD 50 years ago and all of the others that have given their life.

  • Former Chief

    Commissioner Hoff, best of luck in your retirement. Hopefully I’ll be able to meet you one day at a seminar. From what I’ve read and heard, Firefighters everywhere should strive to copy your enthusiasm and dedication to the fire service. Be well.

  • Fire21

    Commissioner Hoff, congratulations and best wishes on your retirement.  I certainly hope your replacement is as capable and forthright as you have been.  Godspeed……..

  • FMCH

    Sorry DCFireman, I'm hoping he comes to Florida….

  • news hound

    Can you imagine what he'd do for DCFD right now if he came strolling thru the door as the new top brass?? Those guys would think they had died and gone to heaven!! LRB is a JOKE.