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New fire chief takes over

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As of today, January 1, there'll be a new chief in town.

A new fire chief, that is.

Jeff Karrow took over the role from Shane Schmidt, who has been chief of the Alexandria Fire Department for the past six years.

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The maximum time someone can serve as chief is three, two-year terms.

Schmidt has been a member of the department for the past 21 years. He will remain on the department until he decides to retire.

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