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Mayor Jane Castor Appoints Barbara Tripp as Tampa's First-Ever Female Fire Chief

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Fire Chief Barbara Tripp will be sworn in as the department's 22nd Commander on June 25.

WHAT: City Clerk Shirley Foxx-Knowles administers the Oath of Office
WHEN: Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tampa Fire Rescue Station #5, 3900 North Central Avenue
DETAILS: During this historic swearing-in ceremony, City Clerk Shirley Foxx-Knowles will administer the Oath of Office to Barbara Tripp officially making the 23-year fire rescue veteran the city's first-ever female fire chief.

Mayor Jane Castor selected Tripp to serve as interim fire chief on November 18, 2020, prior to recently appointing the Tampa native to lead the city's fire rescue department permanently. Tampa City Council members confirmed the mayor's appointment in a 6-0 vote on June 24. Tripp is the department's 22nd fire chief.

Chief Tripp's family, close friends and executive staff members are attending the swearing-in ceremony along with community members.

The City is streaming the ceremony live at

For more information, contact:
Janelle H. McGregor
Community Partnerships Manager