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Out lesbian to be named San Diego fire chief

Considering the earlier post about the NYFD rugby players who had a problem playing against a team with gay men on it (for fear of HIV transmission), this is an interesting irony. (

A 22 year veteran of the San Diego Fire Department is expected to be confirmed as its next chief when city council meets on Monday.

Tracy Jarman was nominated this week by Mayor Jerry Sanders. If as expected council agrees to his choice Jarman will lead a department that includes 928 firefighters, 124 lifeguards, 85 uniformed positions in Emergency Medical Services, and 121 civilians, and manage a budget of $160 million.

Jarman will join an elite group of just two dozen female fire chiefs in the United States, and will be the first in San Diego. Of the 24 female fire chiefs in the nation, only Joanne Hayes-White of San Francisco runs a department larger than San Diego’s. She also will be one of only a handful of openly lesbian fire chiefs in the country.

Jarman is 50 and lives with her domestic partner.

Hat tip, Juan.

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