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Deputy Mayor for Public Safety

Clarence Tucker
166 South High Street
Akron, OH  44308
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Clarence Tucker was born in Beckley, West Virginia and moved to Garfield Heights, Ohio in his teens. He came to Akron in the fall of 1980 where he attended the University of Akron on a Track and Field Scholarship. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Malone College and became a City of Akron firefighter/medic in 1988. Tucker was promoted to lieutenant in 2000, captain in 2005, district chief in 2015 and has been the 19th Fire Chief of AFD since 2016.

As Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Tucker will be a liaison facilitating important dialogue between Akron’s Public Safety Forces, the Mayor’s Office and Cabinet, and the community. He will be responsible for making recommendations to enhance and improve policies and procedures of Akron's police and fire forces. He will work with APD and AFD on initiatives to combat violence and crime in Akron, build community trust with public safety forces, and serve as an advisor to Mayor Horrigan on safety issues. He will help support recruitment efforts for both APD and AFD with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in Akron’s ranks. Tucker will also ensure a smooth transition with Akron’s next Fire Chief.

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