As Mayor of the City of Orlando, my top priority is the safety of our community.
With that priority in mind, on Monday, I appointed Roderick Williams as the new Orlando Fire Chief. Chief Williams has been with the Orlando Fire Department for 19 years, most recently as the Deputy Chief for Administrative Services. He is a proven leader in the department who grew through the ranks of OFD.
Born and raised here in Orlando, he has worked in OFD’s field operations bureau serving residents, in administration where he focused on key technology upgrades and in the training division where he was responsible for the recruitment, hiring and training of new firefighters.
Chief Williams will follow Chief John Miller, who is retiring after 27 years of service. For the last five years, I have been honored to serve alongside Chief Miller as he has provided strong leadership for OFD. Chief Miller was instrumental in leading the department to a renewal of its Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office and achieving International Accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation, making OFD only of one 15 departments in the nation to have both.
I thank Chief Miller for his service to our community, and I look forward to working with Chief Williams in his new role leading the fine men and women of the Orlando Fire Department as they continue to deliver the highest level of safety and fire protection to the citizens of Orlando.