Public Information Officer
Rutherford County, TN, Government/Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
Ashley McDonald is the public information officer/programs coordinator for Rutherford County, TN, Government. McDonald served with the Murfreesboro, TN, Fire Rescue Department for 12 years, as the department's sole PIO. She completed the Master Public Information Officer Program at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, and was the first MPIO in Tennessee. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, McDonald also serves as PIO for the Tennessee Firemen’s Association and Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association’s Mutual Aid System as a deployable asset for the statewide Incident Management Team. McDonald is the president of the National Information Officer’s Association.