City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named Deputy Chief Greg Klaiber interim chief of Evanston’s Fire and Life Safety Services.

The appointment temporarily fills the vacancy created by the retirement last week of Chief Allan Berkowsky.

A nationwide search is underway to permanently fill the position.

Klaiber is an Evanston resident and a graduate of Evanston Township High School. As a 25-year veteran of the department, he rose through the ranks from firefighter/paramedic to captain, division chief and finally earlier this year to deputy chief, where he has been second in command of the department.

As division chief he was in charge of emergency medical services and specialty teams including hazardous materials, technical rescue and the water rescue/recovery teams.

Klaiber was a District 65 school board member from 1999 to 2003, is a trustee of the Evanston Fourth of July Association and was an active participant in Evanston’s Youth Baseball Association. He holds a master’s degree in cardiac rehabilitation and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.

Applicants will be able to apply for the position of fire chief until June 21. Bobkiewicz says he anticipates filling the position by Sept.1. 

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