La Vergne Fire Rescue Chief Chris Clark hired as Rutherford County public safety director

Posted at 12:01 PM, Apr 01, 2020

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — Chris Clark, previously the La Vergne fire rescue chief, has accepted the role of Rutherford County's public safety director, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron announced.

"We are very excited to have Chris on board, especially to lead in the efforts to coordinate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Ketron.

In this role, Clark will serve as the director of the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency. He will be the lead for county emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery, while also offering support to the county's emergency medical services and fire and rescue departments.

Clark has had a long career in public safety, spanning 28 years, and he has a long list of professional certification and affiliations.

"I'm very honored for this opportunity to serve Rutherford County as the public safety director," said Clark. "The county is where I built my career in this field. I even served as a volunteer firefighter and deputy fire chief here. I look forward to working alongside our other public safety leaders to advance our county's preparedness and response efforts."

Clark's first day on the job was Tuesday. His first duty was to activate the county's Emergency Operations Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.