Marion, Ill. – Marion Fire Department Capt. Jerry Odum has been appointed by Marion’s Mayor to become the next fire chief.

Bob Butler told us on the Morning Newswatch Tuesday.

“We do have a good man replacing Jack Reed. Jerry Odum, he’s an experienced fireman. He’s been serving in the capacity of Captain for several years. Very knowledgeable, very personable fella. He’s going to do a great job.”

Jerry Odum (Courtesy: Marion Fire Department)
Jerry Odum (Courtesy: Marion Fire Department)


Reed is retiring after 34 years with the fire department, five of which were as chief. He will become the new director for the Marion Parks District.

Odum will take over for Reed on August 22, pending approval from the city council.