N. Aurora trustee resigns to take fire chief job

Ryan Lambert has resigned as North Aurora village trustee and has taken over as chief of the North Aurora Fire Protection District.

The village board accepted Lambert's letter of resignation Monday.

Lambert was elected in 2011.

Village President Dale Berman said he expects to announce his choice for replacing Lambert at the Monday, May 19 board meeting. He said he has someone in mind. The replacement will serve through April 2015.

At the fire district, Lambert replaces Steve Miller, who retired last week after working 42 years for the district.

Miller started as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1972, and became fire chief in 1991. He became the district's first full-time employee in November 1993.

Lambert, 38, is a lifelong North Aurora resident. He was the fire district's fire marshal. He also worked part-time as a Kane County Forest Preserve District police officer.

Lambert has a master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University. He has served on the board of directors of Budda's Brotherhood Foundation, an organization that raises money to help firefighters who have cancer. It is named after the late Marco “Budda” Ordaz, a North Aurora firefighter who died of cancer in 2008.

  North Aurora Fire Protection District Chief Steve Miller consoles a resident after her Sugar Grove home burned in a 2009 fire. Miller retired April 30 after 42 years with the district. RICK WEST/
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