Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has announced the appointment of Greg Klaiber as the new Chief of Evanston’s Fire and Life Safety Services Department. Mr. Klaiber has been serving as interim fire chief since the retirement of former Chief Alan Berkowsky. A nation-wide search was undertaken to fill the position and Mr. Klaiber was selected from a field of more than three dozen applicants.
“Greg Klaiber brings to the position of Evanston Fire Chief 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 of Evanston,” Mr. Bobkiewicz said.
“Chief Klaiber competed for this position among a group of highly qualified individuals. His success in this process is not only a tribute to his skills and abilities, but to the Evanston Fire Department’s record of producing outstanding leaders from within its ranks. I am confident that Chief Klaiber will continue a tradition of excellence within the Fire Department while using his expertise and understanding of Evanston to lead the department to new areas of achievement.” Mr. Bobkiewicz added.
“I’m humbled at the confidence the City Manger has placed in me,” Mr. Klaiber told the RoundTable. “It’s an honor and a privilege to lead the City and the wonderful men and women of the Evanston Fire Department.” Referring to the contractual dispute between the firefighters’ union Local 742 and the City that was tentatively settled last week, Mr. Klaiber said, “It’s been a very challenging summer.” He added that he “looks forward to good relations with Local 742.”
Chief 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, Captain, Division Chief, Deputy Chief and now to the highest rank of Chief.
In addition to his duties with the City of Evanston, Mr. Klaiber was a member of the Board of Education of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 (1999-2003), is a trustee of the Evanston Fourth of July Association and has been 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.