Corey A. Smedley Sworn As Chief of the Alexandria Fire Department

Corey A. Smedley officially swore into office as Chief of the Alexandria Fire Department in a standing room only ceremony January 28 in the Vola Lawson Lobby at City Hall. Smedley was named acting Fire Chief following the retirement of Chief Robert Dube last summer. He became the city’s first African American Fire Chief upon his permanent appointment to the role in December.

According to the Alexandria Gazette, “Smedley joined the AFD in 2015 following more than 20 years of service with the Prince George’s County Fire Department. While there he rose through the ranks from firefighter/paramedic, acting technician, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, assistant chief, and deputy fire chief. He also held roles such as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief for Public Safety and Homeland Security, Duty Chief for Emergency Operations, Fire Marshal, FedEx Field Stadium Commander and Special Events Commander.”

City Manager Mark Jinks said, “The Alexandria Fire Department is a core function of city government. It’s important to have someone in charge who embodies the city’s values of respect, collaboration, teamwork, and integrity and with Chief Smedley, we have that all in one package.”

As per Alexandria Gazette, “Smedley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the District of Columbia, a Master of Science in Organizational Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Certified Public Manager Credential from George Washington University. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Smedley and his wife, Yolonda share three sons, Christopher and Justin Evans, and Cemille Smedley.”

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