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Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis Re-Designated a Chief Fire Officer

Puknaitis One of Only 1,175 Chief Fire Officers Worldwide

The Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing recently designated Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis as a “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO) for the third time. Chief Puknaitis joins an elite group of only 1,175 CFO’s worldwide.

The CFO Designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components, including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competencies. Chief Puknaitis received his original designation in 2010.

A Board of Review consisting of members of the fire and emergency services profession, academia and municipal agencies review each application and recommends successful candidates for designation to the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Chief Puknaitis demonstrated through his education, leadership and management skills that he possesses the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities required for the fire and emergency services profession.

“It is an honor to be re-designated as a CFO,” Chief Puknaitis said. “As the leader of a world-class, accredited fire agency, it is important to make sure I continually refine my skills and abilities to reflect Naperville’s values and policies and ensure our department provides the service our community expects.”

This professional honor is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement.

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