As vice mayor, Chad has fought for enhancements to public safety and strongly supported pay raises and new equipment for our first responders. He was a key voice in getting council to invest $17 million in the new police and fire headquarters projects.

The need for new headquarters had been talked about for over twenty years. Chad didn’t just talk about it, he got it done, making the difficult decision to provide the needed funding.

The police department had been operating in the old facility since 1959, having outgrown it decades ago. The new 30,000 square-foot building features modern training facilities and equipment, spacious evidence rooms, a full-size fitness center, a lunchroom and office space.

The fire department relocated from the bottom level of the crumbling Center Wheeling Parking Garage, where it had been headquartered since 1978. The 25,000 square feet, single story structure is equipped with space for additional trucks, areas for hands-on training, including a hose drying/training tower, a large training room, offices for command staff and spacious bunk rooms/sleeping quarters for firefighters.

Chad also led council in providing funds for modernizing the fire department fleet, replacing some engines that had been in service for upwards of 30-40 years, and providing additional patrol cars for police.

As Wheeling’s mayor, Chad will continue to make public safety a top priority.

See the new headquarters of the Wheeling Police and Fire Departments.