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Karen Brack

“I’m confident I have found the very best person in America to become the chief” 1 – quote by Mayor Joe Riley about Karen Brack, first woman appointed as Fire Chief of the City of Charleston

karen Brack

Karen Brack became the first female Fire Chief of the City of Charleston when she was appointed to the position in May of last year. Chief Brack leads 19 fire companies located in the Charleston area. A seasoned veteran of firefighting, Chief Brack has 30 years of experience in fire service. Chief Brack was born in nearby Savannah, Georgia and began her career at the Fulton County, Georgia Fire Department in 1982. During her tenure in Fulton County, she became battalion chief in 2001. She relocated in 2007 to Eugene, Oregon assuming the position of Deputy Chief. She was selected from a pool of 61 people who applied for the position and Mayor Riley expressed that he has full confidence in his hire of Chief Brack. Chief Brack adds to the great legacy of the City of Charleston Fire Department and is an excellent woman to highlight during Women’s History Month because of her dedication, service to the community, and her leadership.



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