Cheryl Horvath, a 25-year veteran firefighter, will become the new chief of the Tubac Fire District in Santa Cruz County on July 1.

Horvath has been the assistant fire chief at Golder Ranch Fire District, on Tucson’s northwest side, since August 2017, one of three leadership positions she’s held in the area since relocating here in 2006. She first served as a division chief at the Northwest Fire District after spending 13 years at a fire department in Illinois.

In January 2016, Horvath became chief of the Mountain Vista Fire District on the northwest side. She has served in her current position after the Golder Ranch and Mountain Vista fire districts merged in 2017.

During her career, the 56-year-old has been involved in advocating for gender and social equality, speaking at conferences and writing articles on the issues facing women. Horvath has served as board chairwoman for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona since 2011 and co-founded a weeklong training called Camp Fury for high school girls interested in public safety careers.

Her last day with Golder Ranch will be May 23.

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