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Storm Lake names new fire chiefSchlesser comes from Chicago’s Navy Pier unit

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The City of Storm Lake has named a Chicagoland fire captain and 911 dispatcher as its next fire chief, according to documents from Tuesday’s civil service commission meeting.

The commission named Glenn Schlesser, a former fire district chief in Northwest Indiana and full-time employee of Navy Pier fire squad in downtown Chicago, as the only eligible candidate to succeed Chief Mike Jones, who’s retiring after 38 years with the SLFD. 

City Manager Keri Navratil could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. Assistant City Manager Dave Derragon said the civil service commission’s appointment is contingent on “acknowledgement” from the city council at its next meeting. 

Schlesser is expected to be working with the city at some point before Jones retires in November. Schlesser could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. 

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