The Fire Chief is the overseer of all services, operations, equipment and manpower at the Mason City Fire Department. While it is unclear when (or who) the volunteers of the hose companies in the early days of fire protection in Mason City named as their first Chief, Chief Tom Conner was the Fire Chief when the Department became a fully-paid, career Department in 1909 and City Council appointed him to remain in that position. Deputy Chief Doug Janssen was appointed the Interim Fire Chief upon the retirement of Fire Chief Bob Platts on June 30, 2016. Doug will be the first person to ever serve as an acting/interim Fire Chief who will not also serve as the Fire Chief permanently. Chief Janssen is nearing his own retirement in the near future. With the best interests of the Department in mind, he did not want the Department to be in transition twice within the next couple of years, so he did not apply to become the new Fire Chief. Doug is the third Captain and the third Assistant/Deputy Chief to rise to the top of the Department. However, Doug will be the first person to become Fire Chief who has held all other officer positions at the Department prior to being the Chief. Chief Janssen has been with the Department 24 years and been an officer of the Department since 1999. The Interim Fire Chief will continue with his current duties as well as those of the Fire Chief until the new Fire Chief starts. Chief Janssen continues the tradition at the Fire Department of maintaining an open door policy -- with fire fighters and citizens alike. The Fire Chief can be reached at the Department's main number (641.421.3640).