Naperville Fire Chief Named 2017 Fire Chief of the Year

Award to be presented at June 21 “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner

Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis has been selected as the 2017 Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois. This group annually recognizes Illinois’ best individual leaders and champions from government and industry who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding contributions to communities throughout Illinois.

Chief Puknaitis is being honored for his impressive innovations in the fire service, dedication to public safety, training, pro-active firefighting methods and for exemplary service to Naperville’s citizens. The group will present the 2017 Fire Chief of the Year Award to Chief Puknaitis at its 21st annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Oak Brook Terrace.

“This is a truly well-deserved recognition of Chief Puknaitis’s innovative leadership of the Naperville Fire Department and substantial contributions to our community,” said City Manager Doug Krieger.

The Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois is a non-profit organization committed to combating public corruption and strengthening the criminal justice system in the State of Illinois.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.