Lisle-Woodridge names new fire chief
A 27-year firefighting veteran, Keith Krestan, has been named chief of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, becoming the first in district history to rise through the ranks to head the department.
He replaces Tom Freeman, who left in October to take the reins of the Elmhurst Fire Department. Krestan has been serving as interim chief since Freeman's departure.
"I am extremely excited," Krestan said. "I am looking forward to a new chapter. The department is looking forward to a new chapter."
The fire district worked with Gov HR USA to conduct a nationwide search for Freeman's replacement. Roughly 50 people from 13 states applied for the position.
Fire district board President Brent Frank said Krestan "stood out far above everyone else" to get the job.
"He's extremely well credentialed," Frank said. "He met all of the requirements that we set out when we initially began the process."
Krestan, 49, started his career as a cadet with the LaGrange Park Fire Department in 1985 and joined the Lisle-Woodridge district in June 1990.
His previous positions with Lisle-Woodridge include stints as a firefighter/paramedic, second lieutenant, captain and bureau chief. He became a deputy chief in August 2006.
One of his main goals, Krestan said, "will be to identify and mentor the future organizational leaders."
Krestan has a master's of public administration degree from Governors State University. He has lived in the district for 22 years with his wife and two daughters.