Rosemary Cloud


Rosemary Roberts Cloud is the retired Fire Chief for the City of East Point, Georgia, and the first African American female Fire Chief in the United States. Her responsibilities have included managing up to 35 fire stations and 1,030 employees in the cities of Atlanta and East Point. Chief Cloud began her career in the fire service 30 years ago with the City of Atlanta Fire Department, and worked her way up the ranks from firefighter to chief officer. Her last assignment with the Atlanta Fire Department was as Assistant Chief of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Fire Operations. From there she was hired as Fire Chief of the City of East Point Fire Department on May 6, 2002. Among her list of many accomplishments is having served on the White House National Security Council, where she was an Appointed Subject Matter Expert on HSPD-8, and recommended revisions to the national strategies for homeland security. Chief Cloud has a Master's Degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School; a BS Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National-Louis University and is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She received additional training from the Executive Development Institute, Dillard University and the National Fire Academy. Chief Cloud's professional affiliations include the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, South Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Chiefs where she serves on the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee, Women in Fire Service, Women Chief Fire Officers where she has served as Vice President, the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters - Black Chief Officers Committee, the National Association of Black Public Administrators, and the National Fire Protection Association. She also is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class 2007. Chief Cloud has produced and presented a number of leadership and career development workshops, and is nationally recognized for her experience and training on promotional testing processes. She currently mentors young people through leadership programs with local schools and youth organizations. Chief Cloud has developed and implemented more than 20 community service public safety programs in the City of East Point. Chief Cloud was inducted into the inWEM International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame. She has also been featured in Who's Who in Black Atlanta and Black Enterprise Magazine, and has received a Hall of Fame honor for exemplary service to mankind. She's the recipient of the prestigious Millennium Pacesetter Award from the Atlanta Business League, the Pinnacle Leadership award from Delta Sigma Theta, and the Women Pioneers award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Her name has been added to the list of "Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of Influence" by the Atlanta Business League. The youngest of 14 children, Chief Cloud was born and raised in the City of East Point, Georgia, and has one daughter and one granddaughter.