ALTOONA | Jared Ogbourne, a member of the Mason City Fire Department for 21 years, is the new fire chief in Altoona.
He was hired in December but was officially sworn in Tuesday night.
Ogbourne was one of five finalists for the job after an extensive search by the City Council, according to a news release from the city.
He joined the Mason City Fire Department in 1996. In 2016, he was one of the finalists for the Mason City chief position.
Ogbourne didn't immediately return a phone message from the Globe Gazette seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.
“Jared’s experience in managing the day-to-day operations of a large Fire Department stood out in his interview," Altoona City Administrator Jeff Mark said in a statement.
"His leadership skills were exactly what the City of Altoona was looking for in our new fire chief," he said.
Altoona's department has both full-time and part-time staff.
Ogbourne grew up in Osceola and graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City. He began his firefighting career in Mason City in 1996. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and to captain in 2011.
He has received many certifications in firefighting skills, education and training.