Batt. Chief Stacy Gerlich, Obama Champion of Change, retires after 35 years of City service.
Battalion Chief/EMT Stacy Gerlich, Executive Officer of the Administrative Operations Bureau, retired in February after 35 years of City service. She was one of the department’s most decorated employees. Her duties at retirement included Gender Equity Officer, LGBTQ Liaison, Department Resiliency Officer, Department Sustainability Officer and the Behavior Health Program. She is considered an expert in disaster preparedness.
Chief Gerlich has two master’s degrees in organizational management and homeland security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. She completed a Certificate in the Psychology of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from eCornell University. She has held many Departmental positions in her tenure, including CERT Commander, Los Angeles Regional Critical Incident Planning and Training Alliance, Community Risk Reduction Commander, EMS Training Officer, EMS Battalion Captain and Operations Valley Bureau, EMS Resilience Officer. Stacy is also a guest lecturer at California Lutheran University in leadership.
She served as a Champions of Change during the Obama administration.
In August 2021, Stacy received the Pinnacle Award from the Los Angeles Women in Fire Service (Women in Homeland Security) Association.
Congratulations, Stacy, and thank you for your extensive and impressive service to the City of LA, and the country.