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The public is invited to a retirement reception next Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, for Deputy Chief Roger Jensen, a 30-year veteran of the City of Iowa City Fire Department. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the conference room of Fire Station 1 at 410 E. Washington Street. Attendees are asked to enter the building via the north door, adjacent to the alley.

Deputy Chief Jensen has served in his current role for nine years, supervising administrative and emergency operations. He also served as the City’s Fire Marshal for many years.

Throughout his career, he has helped oversee numerous department capital improvement projects, homeland security initiatives, and community public safety education programs. He also managed the department’s international accreditation process, helping it to become one of just a few organizations worldwide to have achieved Accredited Agency status from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Deputy Chief Jensen has also worked closely with the State of Iowa’s All Hazards Incident Management Team, which has been instrumental in the command and control of major incidents such as floods, tornados, and large wildfires.

In 1998, Governor Tom Vilsack named him the Iowa Fire Prevention Officer of the Year. In 2011, he was recognized by the Hawkeye State Fire Safety Association with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Please join the City of Iowa City in thanking Deputy Chief Jensen for his service to the City and wishing him well in his retirement.


Date of publication

Tuesday, December 20, 2016