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City affirms fire chief's contract

Baltimore's spending board voted to approve a contract for Fire Chief James S. Clack Wednesday.

Clack had requested the formal contract, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. He had worked without a contract since taking over the fire department in 2008.

Clack was one of seven fire chiefs nominated recently by the The International Association of Fire Chiefs to head the U.S. Fire Administration, but he said he would most likely choose to stay in Baltimore.

Under the contract, Clack will continue to earn $158,100, the salary he has been paid since he took over the city department following the retirement of former Chief William J. Goodwin Jr.

Clack's contract is set to expire at the end of Rawlings-Blake's term next year, but he would be eligible to be reappointed.

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