Chief Aaron Lipski
Milwaukee Fire Department
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Aaron Lipski was sworn in as Fire Chief in 2021, after having served the City of Milwaukee for over 25 years. A 4th generation fire fighter, he’s built a solid and steady reputation as a compassionate leader who understands the community and brings people together to keep Milwaukeeans safe.
The city’s leadership celebrates Chief Lipski for his ability to cultivate partnerships and lead with transparency. He’s been called a hero, a bridge builder, and advocate and an ally. You’ve gotta meet this guy!
Start your morning getting chummy with Chief Lipski. He’ll talk to us about the power of legacy, championing inclusion, and the power of building bridges.
Fire Chief Lipski has served the City of Milwaukee for over 25 years. Lipski has filled every rank, rising from Firefighter to Heavy Equipment Operator, then on to the company officer positions of Lieutenant and Captain. Appointed to Battalion Chief in 2010, Lipski covered operational battalions prior to being tasked with running the department’s Division of Construction and Maintenance, responsible for overseeing the department’s catalogue of facilities, all equipment and purchasing, and the entire fleet. Following this, Lipski was assigned as a Deputy Chief to the city-wide commander role. Filling this role for six and a half years, Lipski expanded the footprint and operational efficiencies of the office.
In 2019, Lipski was promoted to Assistant Chief, overseeing the department’s Support Bureau, responsible for all budget and finance concerns, dealing with elected officials and the Fire & Police Commission, labor relations, investigations and discipline, all technical services and dispatch, as well as fleet and facilities. In late 2020, Lipski was approved to be the Acting Fire Chief for the Milwaukee Fire Department. Lipski was sworn in as the Fire Chief in June of 2021.
Lipski chairs the American Lung Association’s Local Leadership Board in Wisconsin as well as the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP). He also sits on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin. Happily married to his wife of 21 years, Krista, they enjoy spending time together, traveling to watch their daughter, Bella, play with her club volleyball team around the nation.