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St. Paul native appointed as new fire chief

Butch Inks takes over the top job after 25 years with the fire department.
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ST PAUL, Minn. — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has appointed Butch Inks as the new fire chief for the city of St. Paul.

According to a city news release, Inks is a St. Paul native who grew up in the Rice Street and Como area. He graduated from Como Park High School and also holds a Business Management degree from the University of Northwestern - Saint Paul. Ink also served 26 years in the United States Air Force.

Inks began his career at the city of St. Paul in 1985 in the Parks and Recreation Department. He began his career with the Fire Department in 1994 as a firefighter.

"It is an honor to be appointed Fire Chief of the City of Saint Paul,” said Inks said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing our important work of ensuring the safety and well-being of our community alongside the incredible members of our Fire Department.”  

“For more than 20 years, Chief Inks has brought the values we hold dear in Saint Paul to his service in our community,” said Mayor Carter, in a statement. “Through his leadership, our Fire Department is poised to continue providing compassionate care and critical, life-saving services for all of us.”

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