Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez named long-time public servant and firefighter William "Shorty" Bryson to the position of Fire Chief today, a decision that will be effective Thursday, August 18, 2011.
Chief Bryson is eminently qualified for the position, having served the City of Miami Fire Department for thirty-five years. Chief Bryson began his career there as a firefighter in 1975 and steadily rose through the ranks to the position of Fire Chief, which he held for nine years. Along the way, Chief Bryson held the positions of Lieutenant, Captain and Chief Fire Officer. In addition to his extensive on-the-job experience, Chief Bryson has completed numerous professional courses at the National Fire Academy, as well as courses in hazardous materials, management and contracts.
During his tenure as City of Miami Fire Chief, the City earned a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Organization, and in 2008 Chief Bryson was named Metropolitan Fire Chief of the Year by his national peers.
Chief Bryson was raised in Miami Shores and is a graduate of the University of Florida.
He replaces Interim Miami-Dade Fire Chief Karls Paul-Noël, who announced his retirement today after a twenty-seven year career in public service.
"Chief Bryson brings a wealth of professional experience and excellent management abilities to this job," said Mayor Gimenez. "I have full faith that he will keep the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department moving in the right direction and serving the public effectively."
"I also wish to thank Chief Paul-Noël, who has faithfully served our community for the past twenty-seven years and ably filled the role of Interim Chief. I fully understand the personal sacrifices that come with a career in public safety service and appreciate his good work and dedication."