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Chief Joe Henning wraps up tenure with Quincy Fire Department

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning attended his final City Council meeting Monday night.

Chief Henning has been with the Quincy Fire Department for almost 28 years and was promoted to chief in 2009.

Henning is retiring from the role to take on a full-time teaching position at Western Illinois University.

He said it's bitter-sweet to be retiring but he's excited for his next venture to educate future firefighters in the classroom.

"Really develop a lot of lifelong friends in a commitment to the citizens we serve here in Quincy, and I'm going to miss that. While I'm not going to be too far away a lot of the work I'm going to do is ducktail right back into what we do here in Quincy," Henning said.

"So, I'll be able to keep my roots here and hopefully be able to keep supporting the department."

Henning said although he is leaving this position, he will not be far from the profession.

Chief Henning's last will be Friday, July 16th.

As Henning finishes his tenure the new Chief Berard Vahlkam was sworn in on Monday night.

Vahlkamp officially takes over as Chief July 19th.

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