The first day on the job for the new City of Charleston fire department chief will be Monday.
Karen E. Brack was hired in May to succeed Thomas Carr, who retired in March because of complications from his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Brack comes to Charleston after serving as deputy chief of the Eugene, (Ore.) Fire and EMS Department. Her experience includes 30 years of fire service, including four years as deputy chief. Brack will make $137,000 a year.
Brack becomes the second female to lead a department in greater Charleston, but the first in the city. Ann Graham is fire chief on the Isle of Palms.
Brack was picked over three other finalists and a national pool of 61. The others who made the final cut came from Alabama, Missouri and Virginia. Mayor Joe Riley made the hiring, which was later endorsed by City Council.