NewsHighlands East Fire Chief on extended leave of absence SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, contributor, Tuesday, Apr. 4th, 2017A new leader is taking over at the Highlands East Fire Department while Bill Wingrove takes an extended leave. No details on why Fire Chief Wingrove is going to be off are being released, and there’s no timeline for his return. The only information given out is that the issue is confidential and medical. Volunteer firefighter Chris Baughman is now taking over as acting Chief until Wingrove’s return. Baughman also worked as interim Fire Chief around two years ago, for almost a full year.