Mark Zambito has replaced John Bailot as chief of the Worthington Division of Fire and EMS, according to city leaders.

Zambito, 44, has served as assistant fire chief since April 2018 and was named acting chief in February upon the departure of Bailot.

Zambito’s annual salary will be $124,000, and his benefits are valued at approximately $59,000, including the required employer contribution to the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund, according to city spokesperson Anne Brown.

Zambito has nearly 25 years of service in fire and emergency-medical services, according to the city. He was hired as a Worthington firefighter/paramedic in 2001 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2014.

After a brief period of service as deputy fire chief for Upper Arlington, Zambito returned to Worthington as assistant chief in 2018, according to the city.

“Chief Zambito is stepping up as chief during a difficult and uncertain time as citizens here in Worthington and across the world are facing a global (coronavirus) pandemic,” City Manager Matt Greeson said in a prepared statement. “We are comforted in knowing that he will ably lead our quality team of firefighter/paramedics and work diligently to protect the health and safety of his team, city colleagues and every resident, business and visitor in the city of Worthington.”

His promotion was effective March 16.

“I’m honored to be selected to lead this fine group of men and women,” Zambito said in a prepared statement. “The first responders here are phenomenal. The Worthington community means a lot to me. I am looking forward to working with the City Manager Matt Greeson, police Chief Robert Ware, the city administration and the Worthington community.”

Ware is the Worthington Division of Police’s new chief. His hiring was announced Nov. 26, and his appointment is effective Dec. 26, according to the city.

Meanwhile, Bailot, 58, announced his resignation in January, and his last day was Feb. 16, according to Brown.