Ohio: Assistant Chief Tracy Smith becomes highest-ranking woman ever at Columbus Division of Fire

  • Source: WCMH-TV NBC 4 Columbus
  • Published: 10/30/2020 12:00 AM

Tracy L. Smith was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of the Columbus Division of Fire (CFD) on October 18 after 22 years of service. She is now the highest-ranking woman in the history of CFD. “It’s not significant that it’s me. It’s significant that over the years, the city has changed in the opportunities it gives all people to succeed,” Smith said. “I hope this sends a message to young women everywhere that if they work hard and stay focused, they can do anything.” Smith entered the division on October 25, 1998. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2006. In 2011, she was promoted to captain. In May 2013, she was promoted to Battalion Chief, and in May 2020, she was promoted to Deputy Chief. “I’ve known Tracy and her work, her pursuit of excellence, for decades. She has consistently done an outstanding job,” said Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, Jr.


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