The City of Jasper will miss the services of David Clark, who on March 1 retired as the city's fire chief.
Clark began his career as a volunteer firefighter some 30 years ago. In 1995, he was hired as a full-time firefighter and, in that time, he moved up the ranks to become fire chief in 2013.
Mayor David O’Mary said the best way to gauge the qualities of a leader is to look at how much strife they have in their job.
“I’ve been here four years and three months, and we’ve had none in the fire department,” O’Mary said. “That says something about David’s leadership. I think that tells the story of an outstanding leader.”
Clark's cousin, Alan, is also highly respected in the department - enough so that he was recently named as the new fire chief.
“Our guys respect Chief (David) Clark, they love to serve under him and work for him. Our department has made many great strides under his leadership,” Alan Clark said. “Our ISO rating is much better, which is helpful to all of us that have homeowners insurance. Our facilities and equipment is better, due in a big way; to our current mayor and council, but also to chief’s handling of the department.
Indeed, David Clark has been an outstanding, respected leader in and outside of the department, someone who you could always depend on. His experience and good nature will be sorely missed within the city government, and we wish him great luck in his retirement, which he richly deserves.