Lt. Chris Huerner was sworn in as Avon Lake's newest fire chief on Dec. 17
Newly sworn in Avon Lake Fire Chief Chris Huerner is pinned by his uncle, Tom Huerner after Huerner’s promotion Dec. 17. Huerner was promoted after former fire chief Glenn Eisenhardt voluntarily opted earlier this month to return to his former position of lieutenant, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Huerner said he would “continue the high quality” maintained by the department. Attending the swearing-in ceremony were members of the Avon Lake police and fire departments, city leaders, Huerner's family, including his wife Kathy, and community members. See more photos in the gallery.
Glen Eisenhardt cites family reasons, Chris Huerner expected to takeover as chief.
Avon Lake Fire Chief Glen Eisenhardt, promoted in December 2011, has voluntarily stepped down from the position, citing family reasons. In a resignation letter to Mayor Greg Zilka, dated Dec. 5, Eisenhard called the decision “one of the most difficult” he has had to make, requesting a voluntary demotion to his former position of lieutenant. Avon Lake fire lieutenant Chris Huerner, who has been on the force since 1991, is expected to be sworn in as fire chief at the Dec. 17 council meeting. Huerner, who has held the position of lieutenant for 11 years, placed second on the Civil Service exam in 2011 that determined who would replace retiring chief Bill Morris. Eisenhardt said the past year was a trial period to discover “if I was right for…