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Olivette's John Bailot Was Just Named Ladue's Next Fire Chief

Chief Bailot runs the 21-man department for the neighboring city of Olivette.

Patch has learned that John Bailot, fire chief for the city of Olivette, was offered the same position in Ladue by the Ladue City Council in executive session last night. This was confirmed by Michael Woolridge, the city's administrator.

Bailot has served Olivette in the top position for several years. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of the Kirkwood Fire Department.

Bailot has extensive HazMat training and will bring a wealth of experience to Ladue.

The chief had this to say about the new appointment: "I am very excited to work with young and talented department."

Bailot replaces Eric Hinson, who resigned last fall. He has been indicted by the Federal Court of Eastern Missouri for numerous charges while handling funds for the St. Clair (MO) Fire District.

Hinson, who rose through the ranks in Ladue, replaced veteran chief Ted Jury, who took retirement from Ladue, then became the fire chief for the city of Brentwood.

TOM CORI January 24, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Other than money, why would he make a change? How carefully was his background checked? Musical chairs continues. Is this the best Ladue can do?
ontheair January 24, 2013 at 07:51 PM
NOT AT ALL THE BEST!
ontheair January 24, 2013 at 08:12 PM
HOWEVER, GOOD LUCK TO THE CHIEF IN HIS NEW POSITION.
Jim Wilder January 25, 2013 at 01:27 AM
I've known John a long time, and when lives are at stake - yours, mine, his - he's the man I want in charge. Jim Wilder Building Commissioner City of Shrewsbury
Cornet of Horse January 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Little old lady district Ladue just hired a Fire Chief for $100K, plus a yesteryear comp/pension package. Is anyone thinking about combining these little Duke-dom Departments? We could have gotten him for half of $93k, which is what oh-so-similar Olivette FD was paying him, if we had just combined. The buy-it-now price for Olivette to find a new Chief has now been jacked to over $100K, plus their version of a public-service-only platinum full comp plan. The madness continues.

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