Village officials made their choice Monday on whom they want as their new fire chief.
Kristopher Grod, 42, will succeed Roger James as the head of the village's fire department. James retired from the Kronenwetter Fire Department on Dec. 31.
Grod has an "extensive background and knowledge" of the fire service, Kronenwetter Police and Fire Commission Chairman Chad Billeb said in a statement.
Grod has over 20 years of fire service experience. According to his LinkedIn profile, Grod previously served as the deputy chief for the village of Weston and a lieutenant for the South Area Fire and Emergency Response District. He also is associate dean of public safety at North Central Technical College.
"We were looking for someone who has a strong background in fire service, someone who has a history of leading organizations or groups, who is respected locally in the community and we believe Kris exemplifies all those," Billeb said in an interview Tuesday.