The Village of Antioch and the First Fire Portection Distirict of Antioch Township together announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Jon Cokefair as Interim Fire Chief for the Antioch Fire Department effective September 2, 2016. Chief Cokefair is a 40year resident of Lake County bringing 28 years of fire service experience to this position. Chief Cokefair joined the Antioch Fire Department in 2007. He has serviced community’s in the Fire Departments of Wauconda, Round Lake and Grayslake. Chief Cokefair has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University along with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from the College of Lake County. Chief Cokefair used his 26 years of experience as Illinois Certified Paramedic to assist in the Antioch Fire Department in establishing Advanced Life Support Engines along with a highly rated ambulance service.
Chief Cokefair’s fire service experience as well as his experience as an 8-year member of the Grayslake Community High School District Board of Education has given him a strong background in the budget process and taxing finance. Throughout his career he has proven to be a sound steward of public monies. As a leader, he brings a warm personality that fosters a positive workplace that respects the value of the employee to provide exemplary service to the Antioch Community. “The Antioch Fire Department continues to grow at an amazing rate. I am very proud of the men and women of our department and the work we have done together to bring us to a level of excellence. I am excited to lead them in our continued effort in providing exemplary service to the Antioch ‘s residents and its visitors.” Cokefair stated in the news release of his appointment.