East Point fire chief retires

East Point Fire Chief Rosemary Roberts Cloud will retire from her position after 12 years effective Monday.

Cloud was the first black woman to become a fire chief in the United States in May 2002, according to a news release from the city. During her tenure she has implemented 20 community service and safety programs, and has been responsible for 35 fire stations and over 1,000 firefighters.

She started her career 24 years ago working her way up from firefighter.

She has served on the White House National Security Council, and been inducted into International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame in 2010.

Chief Cloud will be presented with a plaque and a proclamation at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at East Point City Hall, 1526 East Forrest Ave.

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