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Barrington Hires New Fire Chief John Christian

The Village of Barrington has announced that after a national search, it has hired John Christian as its new fire chief effective July 6, 2020.


Chief Christian comes to Barrington with more than 30 years of fire service experience, which began in Grayslake, Illinois, where he began as a firefighter/paramedic in 1987 and became that community’s fire chief in 2009. He also served with the Beach Park Fire Protection District as their part-time Deputy Chief from 2004-2009.


Chief Christian is a past president of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and is a veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard 1/131st Infantry, where he was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1994. In addition to his duties as fire chief, he is also an adjunct faculty at the College of Lake County teaching fire service and business operations along with emergency management courses. In addition, he is a Rotarian and serves as a member of the Greater Chicago Red Cross Heroes Program. He has held numerous executive officer positions, including president of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, president of the Lake County Fire Chief’s Association and chairman of the Lake and McHenry Counties Specialized Response Teams. He is a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Emergency Medical Services Committee for the College of Lake County and the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus.


Chief Christian holds a management degree (BA) from Southern Illinois University with honors, has numerous state certifications, and has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy.


“The Village Board of Trustees and I are very pleased to welcome Chief John Christian to the Village of Barrington,” said Village Manager Scott Anderson. “We conducted an extensive search for this critical position in our community, and Fire Chief Christian rose to the top as someone who will bring high-quality leadership, extensive experience, and the credentials to lead the Barrington Fire Department’s outstanding first responders into the future.”


Village President Karen Darch said, “It was apparent from the interview process that Chief Christian is a very community-minded individual, and I believe that he will actively engage with our community and will be a tremendous asset to Barrington. I look forward to welcoming him in July.”


Chief Christian will begin his appointment on July 6. “As Barrington’s new Fire Chief, I’m most looking forward to leading the talented firefighter/paramedics and officers of the department,” he says. ““I am confident we can accomplish great things together to serve the residents of the Village of Barrington.”


He continues, “Barrington is a vibrant, progressive village with an excellent reputation. As a Fire Chief, community involvement is integral in serving the community, and I am excited to become engaged with residents, civic organizations and other public leaders.”



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