Dawnna B. Lawrence

Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence is the first female Chief Deputy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In her role as the Chief Deputy of Business Operations, Chief Lawrence oversees the Fire Department’s $1 billion budget and more than 800 employees in the Administrative Services, Prevention Services and Special Services bureaus.

Chief Lawrence initially came to the Fire Department in October 2012 as the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau, where she served as the financial advisor for Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby in the midst of fiscal challenges stemming from the Great Recession.

Prior to joining the Fire Department, Chief Lawrence spent 20 years climbing the ranks in the administrative services area at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (DPW), culminating in her appointment to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2006. As CFO, Chief Lawrence was responsible for managing the DPW’s $2 billion operating budget. Her efforts and achievement earned her a Chief Financial Officer of the Year nomination in the September 2012 issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Earlier in her career, Chief Lawrence spent a collective 5 years at the Department of Health Services and the Department of the Auditor-Controller.

Chief Lawrence received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.