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Cincy Fire Department Promotes Michael Washington To Fire Chief

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Bill Rinehart
A Cincinnati fire truck roars to a Downtown emergency call.

The Cincinnati Fire Department will have a new Chief starting this summer. Officials announced Friday they are promoting Assistant Chief Michael Washington, Sr. to the job. He'll take over when Chief Roy Winston retires in July.

Washington has been with the department for nearly three decades. He currently leads the Fire Prevention and Community Risk Reduction Division.

He's worked previously as Fire Investigator, Fire Captain, Public Information Officer, and District Fire Chief.

Chief Winston served as Fire Chief since 2017 and was with the department for about 33 years. He retires July 24.

Becca Costello grew up in Williamsburg and Batavia (in Clermont County) listening to WVXU. Before joining the WVXU newsroom, she worked in public radio & TV journalism in Bloomington, Indiana and Lincoln, Nebraska. Becca has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including from local chapters of the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and contributed to regional and national Murrow Award winners. Becca has a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from Cincinnati Christian University. Becca's dog Cincy (named for the city they once again call home) is even more anxious than she is.