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Ken Caudle resigns as Huntley fire chief before being placed on administrative leave

Ken Caudle resigned Tuesday as Huntley Fire Protection District chief. The district's board accepted his resignation at Tuesday night's special meeting.
Ken Caudle resigned Tuesday as Huntley Fire Protection District chief. The district's board accepted his resignation at Tuesday night's special meeting.

HUNTLEY – Ken Caudle resigned as Huntley Fire Protection District chief before being placed on administrative leave in his new position.

The Huntley Fire Protection District board accepted Caudle’s resignation as chief at Tuesday night’s special meeting after discussing the situation in closed session, according to a district news release, but officials did not explain what led to Caudle stepping down.

In accordance with state law, Caudle was returned to the rank of battalion chief and placed on administrative leave. The reason for him being placed on leave and the length of his leave were not immediately clear.

Deputy Chief Scott Ravagnie was appointed as the acting fire chief.

Caudle, who has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years, declined to comment other than to confirm that his resignation was discussed in Tuesday’s closed session.

Ravagnie did not respond to a request for comment. Trustees also have declined to comment on the “personnel matter,” according to the release.

Huntley police and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment on whether there are any pending investigations regarding Caudle.

McHenry County online court records show no results for a case involving Caudle.

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