Lee Schmidt has been named the new Director of Public Safety for the City of Pittsburgh.

Schmidt will oversee all Public Safety bureaus, including Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Animal Care & Control and Administration, along with the Offices of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Community Affairs, Special Events and Nighttime Economy. 

Schmidt previously served as Acting Director of Public Safety and Assistant Director of Operations and Administration for the department.

Schmidt began his public safety career as a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) at West Deer EMS, eventually rising to the Chief role of the agency. Schmidt holds multiple public safety and emergency management certifications and has completed various county and state level health and safety training programs.