Barrington Countryside fire district trustees pick next chief

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has its next fire chief lined up.

Trustees have chosen Deputy Chief Scott Motisi to take over when current Chief James Kreher retires later this year, the fire district announced Monday in a news release.

"We are confident that Chief Motisi will continue the organizational growth and positive culture development championed by Chief Kreher during his seven-year tenure," board President Keith Hanson said in the announcement.

A 19-year department veteran, Motisi rose through the ranks and is the fire district's director of training, safety and emergency medical services.

"It has been my privilege to work alongside the outstanding professionals who serve this department and district on a daily basis. Now, it is my honor to lead this dedicated group," Motisi said in the news release. "It is an opportunity like no other."

Motisi has a bachelor's degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama, and a master's degree in public safety and homeland security administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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