New Fire Chief Lance Harris

New Arlington Heights Fire Chief Announced
Posted on 06/09/2022

Village Manager Randall Recklaus has announced that Lance Harris has been named the new Chief of the Arlington Heights Fire Department. Harris has served as Fire Chief for the Village of West Dundee, and the Deputy Chief of Fire for the Elk Grove Fire Department, where he worked for 25 years in various roles. Harris is a long-time resident of Arlington Heights and will begin his role as Fire Chief effective June 27, 2022.

“Lance Harris’s 25 years of experience serve as a proven track-record for his commitment to the Fire Service. His ability to successfully serve in the role of Chief, combined with his love for Arlington Heights, make him the best possible choice for this position,” said Manager Recklaus. “As he steps into this new role, we are confident Chief Harris will carry on the Fire Department’s dedication to serving our community with the highest standards of emergency service.” 

Lance Harris earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University and his Chief Fire Officer Certifications from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Harris is a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and the Metro Fire Chiefs Association, and as a resident he served as the former Director of Travel Baseball for the Arlington Heights Athletic Association. 

“I am excited and honored to be selected to serve as the next Chief of the Arlington Heights Fire Department. I look forward to working with the great men and women of the department, the Village’s leadership team, local businesses, and the residents of the community to ensure the fire department is providing the highest level of protection of lives and property through rescue emergency medical services, fire suppression, fire prevention, and public education,” said Chief Harris. “Arlington Heights is where my wife Kerry and I chose to raise our family, and as a 22-year resident of this Village, I am privileged to have this opportunity to serve this remarkable community.”

The Arlington Heights Fire Department has received the highest public protection rating of “Class 1” from the Insurance Services Office. This elite rating is achieved by less than 1/3 of 1% of fire departments nationwide. Under Chief Lance Harris’s direction, the Arlington Heights Fire Department will continue to provide the Village with a high quality of services while carefully evaluating future needs.