Webster Management and Leadership Student Named City of Orlando Fire Chief

| March 23, 2015
Orlando student Williams named Fire Chief

In addition to graduate leadership studies at Webster, Williams has spent more than three years learning and examining fire department administration.

Inspiring others through his leadership for 19 years, Webster University graduate student Roderick Williams was recently chosen to be the new City of Orlando fire chief.

Williams is in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology’s Management and Leadership program, studying at the Webster University Orlando metro campus location.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the appointment at a news conference last month. Williams’ appointment is effective April 1. “He is a proven leader in the department,” Dyer said of Williams.

Williams replaces John Miller, who is retiring after five years on the job and 25 years with the department.

The new chief is an Orlando native and will become the city’s second black fire chief.

“I’ve been in administration the last three and a half years, learning, developing, seeing how the department runs,” said Williams, who is currently deputy chief. “Now I’ve been given the opportunity to lead.”

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Webster University Management and Leadership student Roderick Williams, newly appointed City of Orlando Fire Chief, accepts congratulations at the change of command.

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