Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The [Lake Zurich] Village Board voted unanimously Sept. 21 to approve the appointment of Mt. Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm,   to become Lake Zurich’s new fire chief starting Oct. 19.

Malcolm served 29 years in Mt. Prospect including 12 years as a firefighter and lieutenant, as chief for five years and deputy chief for 12 years. He was selected as part of a process that interviewed 43 candidates.

As head of the Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department, Malcolm will oversee four fire stations serving the village comprising seven square miles and the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District, which spans 18 square miles across four neighboring communities and unincorporated Lake County. The district also serves Deer Park and North Barrington, and has 59 full-time employees and a 2016 budget of $11 million.

Malcolm plans to review a 2015 study of the Lake Zurich department by the International City/County Management Association Center for Public Safety Management and to work with the village staff to determine whether any changes are needed.

Malcolm replaces embattled former Fire Chief David Wheelock, who retired in May.


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