Department Officially Recognizes First Female Chief Deputy

By August 24, 2015LACoFD News
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby officially recognizes Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence as the Department's first female Chief Deputy. Photo by Douglas G. Morrison.

Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence of the Los Angeles County Fire Department was officially recognized Wednesday in a promotional ceremony as the Fire Department’s first female Chief Deputy.

Lawrence, who oversees the Fire Department’s business operations as part of her position, was named acting Chief Deputy in fall 2014. She was officially promoted to the Chief Deputy position in June.

“I’ve never worked harder in my life,” she said. “I feel humble, but definitely I want to make sure I do right by the organization because it deserves it.”

The Chief Deputies—Lawrence and acting Chief Deputy David Richardson—report directly to Chief Osby.

Prior to joining the Fire Department in 2012 as the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau, Lawrence spent 20 years at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, 2 years at the Department of Health Services and 3 years at the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at California State University Fullerton.

Featured photo at top: Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby officially recognizes Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence as the Department’s first female Chief Deputy. Photo by Douglas G. Morrison.