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Chesterton Fire Chief John Jarka resigns, returns to CFD rank of captain

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The Town of Chesterton has a new fire chief.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to accept John Jarka’s resignation from the position of fire chief and to approve his request to return to service in his permanent rank in the department of captain.

Jarka announced his resignation in a letter to the council. He gave no reason for stepping down as chief.

Then, at the request of Member Jennifer Fisher, I-5th--the council’s liaison to the CFD--members voted unanimously to place on the evening’s agenda the matter of naming Jarka’s successor. Members accordingly took up an ordinance prepared by Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson, which appoints CFD Engineer Eric Camel as Interim Fire Chief; and current Deputy Chief Nate Williams as Interim Deputy Chief. That ordinance the council voted unanimously to approve.

“On behalf of all members, I thank you, John Jarka, for the years you have served, first as deputy chief and second as chief of the department,” said President Sharon Darnell, D-4th.

Jarka succeeded Mike Orlich as Fire Chief in May 2014.

Camel has been a member of the CFD since December 2009. He also serves with the Beverly Shores Volunteer Fire Department.


Posted 12/15/2020




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