Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz today announced his appointment of Greg Klaiber as the new Chief of Evanston’s Fire and Life Safety Services Department.

Chief Klaiber speaking at last month’s Fireman’s Park dedication ceremony.

The appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of former Chief Alan Berkowsky. A nation-wide search was undertaken to fill the position and Klaiber was selected from a field of more than three dozen applicants.

Bobkiewicz said Klaiber provides “a combination of accomplishment and expertise in the areas of fire safety and emergency response management along with a keen understanding of the communities that make up the city.”.

He said the department continues its record of producing “outstanding leaders from within its ranks.”

Chief Klaiber, who has served as interim chief since Berkowsky’s retirement, is an Evanston resident, a graduate of Evanston Township High School and a 25-year veteran of the department .

He’s a former member of the District 65 Board of Education, 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 from Northeastern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. New Fire Chief

    I don’t know Chief Klaiber but everywhere I go I hear good things. I just hope he brings the right balance between protecting our community and protecting our pocketbooks. Like many communities ours is in financial distress and sacrifices will need to be made by all stakeholders, including taxpayers and firefighters.

  2. Klaiber named new Fire Chief

    What a smart choice in selecting Greg Klaiber as Fire Chief for the City of Evanston. Greg has the unique balance of expertise and is keenly knowledgeable about our fine community. I was pleased to hear the great news!
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