Mayor Bibb Swears in Anthony P. Luke as New Cleveland Fire Chief

Anthony P. Luke

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CLEVELAND - On Tuesday Morning, Mayor Justin M. Bibb administered the oath of office to Anthony P. Luke as the Cleveland Division of Fire Chief. Chief Luke will immediately assume the Chief of Fire duties, serving as Cleveland’s 17th Fire Chief. 

“I am thrilled that Anthony Luke will continue to serve our community in this critical role,” Mayor Bibb said. “His strong leadership, experience with change management, and his commitment to the residents of Cleveland make him the best candidate for this job.”

Chief Luke was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Fire on Feb. 14, 1994. He began his career as a Fire Fighter on Engine 7 and has worked in various suppression and staff assignments. Chief Luke was promoted to lieutenant in 1997, a captain in 2007, battalion chief in 2012, and assistant chief in 2017. 

As an assistant chief, Luke has worked as Chief of Staff, implementing numerous improvements in information technology, dispatching, and communications. Chief Luke’s last assignment was as executive officer, the second in command of the Division of Fire, where he handled discipline, personnel, and payroll and assisted Interim Fire Chief Eric Burchak. 


“We had incredible candidates to choose from, and I can confidently say that the Cleveland Division of Fire has produced some great leaders,” said Chief Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard. “Chief Anthony Luke is one of those leaders, with the experience, vision, a strong sense of community, and a spirit of collaboration. I am excited to work with Chief Luke as the Division of Fire continues progressing towards excellence.”

A 1984 graduate of Bedford Senior High School, Luke earned an associate degree from Cuyahoga Community College, a certificate from the Public Management Academy at Cleveland State University, and studied at the National Fire Academy in the Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Luke is married with two adult children. 

“This is a great honor,” said Luke. “I thank Mayor Bibb for the opportunity to lead our great Division. I will work daily to ensure Cleveland Fire efficiently provides the highest level of service by fulfilling and expanding our mission.” 

About the Cleveland Division of Fire 

The Cleveland Division of Fire has served the residents of Cleveland, Ohio, for more than 150 years. The Division’s core values center on protecting lives, property, and the environment through preparedness, prevention, public education, and emergency response; we emphasize quality services delivered efficiently, effectively, and safely.

For more information on the Cleveland Division of Fire, visit online at or on Facebook/CLEFIREdept, Twitter @clevelandfire

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