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City fire chief promotes African-Americans to two top jobs
City fire chief promotes African-Americans to two top jobs

Baltimore Fire Chief James S. Clack, who has been grappling with allegations of racism in his department, announced Tuesday that he is promoting two African-American officers to be his top deputies. Clack, who is white, said he promoted the two assistant chiefs because of their qualifications, not because of race. But he stressed that the department has bolstered diversity initiatives under his leadership and he denied claims by a black firefighter's group that the department is plagued by institutional racism. "I'm not naive enough to think that somewhere in this department, someone hasn't done something they shouldn't do," Clack said. "But as far as a...

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