George W. Sheets was sworn in as Oak Lawn’s 9th Fire Chief on July 14, 2009 and is the first African American Fire Chief in the department’s history. Sheets will lead a department comprised of 76-full time fire, paramedic and civilian employees. Sheets holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Sterling College and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University.
Chief Sheets began his firefighting career in Missouri in 1981 and has spent the last 18-years in Fire Chief positions in Michigan and Wisconsin. He has been recognized as an organizational change manager and is one of only 600 firefighters throughout the country to earn the prestigious designation as a Chief Fire Officer. Chief Sheets has been married for 13 years and has two children.
Chief Sheets said he is looking forward to the challenges of the Oak Lawn Fire & Rescue Department and that his goal is to have a positive impact within the community and to support a community where people like to live, as well as visit, and a place where quality of life issues are the main focus.