Former Baltimore Chief Clack to Head Iowa FD

Jim Clack, who left his post as the Minneapolis fire chief to head the Baltimore City Fire Department, has taken a new post in Iowa.

Starting June 2, Clack will lead the Ankeny Fire Department in central Iowa.

"Jim Clack has a tremendous background in fire service and emergency management," said David Jones, Ankeny's city manager. "He has the leadership to help our growing community stay safe and the experience to handle major events, including those that are unforeseen. We look forward to introducing him to the local community."

The department provides service from two fire stations with a mix of full-time and paid-per-call firefighters. 

Clack is a 28-year veteran of the fire service. 

During his time in Minneapolis, he commanded the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge. In Baltimore, he dealt with a number of high-profile incidents including a major snow storm and a major fiscal crisis.

"I look forward to working with Ankeny's community leaders, residents and business owners to best meet their needs," said Clack. "Ankeny is the perfect fit for me and my family, and I look forward to being an active member of the community and working with the fire department to keep the area safe."