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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Village of Palatine Announces Fire Chief Retirement & Appointment

The Village of Palatine is pleased to announce the selection of Patrick Gratzianna as the next Fire Chief for the Village of Palatine.  Village Manager Reid Ottesen will appoint current Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Gratzianna to replace retiring Chief Scott Andersen as the next Chief of the Palatine Fire Department. Andersen recently announced his retirement following 30 years of service to the Palatine community.

Ottesen said “Chief Andersen has been an outstanding member of the Palatine Fire Department throughout his career and has provided outstanding leadership during his nearly 10 years as Chief. Chief Andersen has not only served the community in an exemplary manner, but he has prepared the next generation of leadership for the Department. There are many members of the Department that are ready to assume new roles thanks in large part to the mentoring and positive environment under Chief Andersen’s leadership.”

Gratzianna has been a member of the Palatine Fire Department since 1995 and has served as Deputy Chief since 2012.  Chief Gratzianna holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology from Harper College and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Management from Southern Illinois University, in addition to earning Chief Fire Officer Certifications from the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal and from the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing.

Gratzianna and his family live in the Village of Palatine where they have been active in many community and school groups and youth sports.

“Chief Gratzianna has demonstrated his leadership, commitment and integrity to the Palatine community and fire service for the past 25 years. He will be an outstanding leader for our Fire Department and continue in the tradition of his predecessors. His commitment and passion for the fire service and always exploring new ways of delivering services and building relationships within the department, the community and other communities made him an ideal choice for this position,” said Reid Ottesen.

Mayor Schwantz said, “Chief Gratzianna has a wealth of experience and will continue to serve all our residents and businesses with passion and honor.”

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen to serve as Palatine's next Fire Chief,” states Gratzianna. “The Palatine Fire Department is a progressive influence in the northwest suburbs and is staffed with top-tier individuals that collectively offer the highest level of fire and emergency services possible. It is my goal to support their efforts everyday while preparing and planning for the future.”

Andersen will retire on May 17th and Gratzianna will become Chief on May 18th.

For additional information, contact Chief Andersen or Gratzianna at 847-202- 6340 or via email at or or Reid Ottesen at 847-359-9030 or via email at

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