Fire Chief Alex Jackson to retire, Mayor Rybak to nominate John Fruetel new fire chief

Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson has announced that he is retiring after more than 30 years of service to the Minneapolis Fire Department. Chief Jackson has served as Minneapolis Fire Chief since 2008. He made his formal announcement to Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City Council on Jan. 4 and his last day as chief will be Feb. 29, 2012.

“After 30 years of service to the citizens of Minneapolis, including three as fire chief, I have made the decision to retire. Serving as chief of the MFD, as well as being the first African American fire chief in the history of the department, has been one of my greatest achievements and honors,” said Jackson.

When announcing Chief Jackson’s retirement to City leadership, Mayor Rybak said, “I have enjoyed working with Chief Jackson and am disappointed that he has made the decision to retire. He has made a tremendous contribution to the City, not only as chief but as a career Minneapolis firefighter. He has been a good leader for the Fire Department, particularly during some difficult challenges and emergencies. We all owe him a debt of gratitude, and I will miss him.”

Mayor Rybak announced he will nominate John Fruetel as Minneapolis Fire Chief at the Jan. 11, 2012 meeting of the City Council’s executive committee. Fruetel served in the Minneapolis Fire Department for 31 years, retiring in 2010 as assistant chief. He has been a leader in the City’s emergency preparedness and response efforts, including the May 2011 tornado and the I-35W bridge collapse, and he is currently the City’s emergency preparedness training manager.


Published Jan 4, 2012