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The City of Evanston announced the appointment of Brian Scott as Evanston fire chief effective Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz appointed Scott following a national search that began following the retirement of Chief Greg Klaiber in September.

“Brian Scott competed against a national pool of candidates for the position of Fire Chief. He proved that with his long experience as a fire professional as well as his keen understanding of the Evanston Fire Department that he is the best person for this job,” said Bobkiewicz. “I look forward to welcoming him to the City’s executive management team and working with him as Fire Chief.”

A 17-year veteran of the Evanston Fire Department, Scott began his career as a firefighter/paramedic in December 1999. He was promoted to captain/paramedic in 2006, and became division chief of operations and training in 2014. In September 2015, Scott was promoted to deputy chief of operations and training, where he directed and led fire suppression operations and managed the department’s fire prevention bureau. Scott has served as co-chair of the department’s Training Committee, as a member of the EMS Committee, and on the Rescue Dive Team.

Scott is currently a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Urbana-Champaign, and is pursuing his Chief Fire Officer Certification through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University, along with numerous fire training certificates from the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Chief Scott will be recognized at the Evanston City Council meeting on January 9, 2017