Tracy L. Smith has become the highest ranking female officer at Columbus Division of Fire with her promotion to the rank of Assistant Chief of the Columbus Division of Fire.
Assistant Chief of Columbus Division of Fire Tracy Smith was promoted on October 18, 2020, after 22 years of service. She is now the highest-ranking woman in the history of CFD.
“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.
“It was an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to promote her to both Deputy Chief (in May) and now Assistant Chief.”
Columbus Fire Interim Chief Jeffrey Happ said, “The fact that she is a woman can be considered a bonus, because she is a role model for other female firefighters and young women considering a future in the fire service. But know that the reason she was promoted was because of her talent, knowledge, and ability to do the job.”
Smith said of her historic promotion, “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. 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.
She will now be responsible for overseeing all three shifts in the Emergency Services Bureau.