City Manager Mike Frazier has announced the selection of Tracy Montgomery as the city’s first-ever Emergency Operations Manager.
Montgomery has a 30-plus year career in law enforcement with the Phoenix Police Department, where she rose to the rank of Assistant Police Chief.
While she served in many assignments, her career focus has centered around aspects of safety and security, emergency management, preparedness and planning, and organizational resiliency.
“Tracy checks all the boxes for what our city needs to build an emergency operations plan that will ensure the safety of our residents,” says City Manager Frazier. “I had the honor to work with her earlier in my career and can attest to her professionalism and broad-based knowledge first hand. I’m pleased to bring her in as part of our team.”
As the Phoenix Assistant Police Chief, Montgomery oversaw the Technical Services and Homeland Security and Defense Divisions, focusing on city and regional preparedness. Montgomery was the Executive Steering Committee Co-Chair for the Arizona Counter Terrorism and Information Center (ACTIC), and was instrumental in the establishment of the valley’s Regional Interoperable Public Safety Communications System known as the Regional Wireless Cooperative. In her last assignment she oversaw the delivery of Police and Public Safety services at Sky Harbor International Airport.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix; a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Counseling and Human Development from Northern Arizona University; and a Master’s Degree in Security Studies with an emphasis on Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Montgomery is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through Arizona State University; is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 208th Session; and served as a Community Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University for eight years.
She holds many National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications including Incident Commander, and was a member of the Phoenix Police and Fire Departments’ Type 2 Incident Management Team.
Montgomery’s first day with the city of Surprise is November 19th.