Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Spotsy names new fire chief
Monty Willaford, who served as Spotsylvania’s deputy fire chief from November 2010 until March 2012, will become the county’s new fire chief.
The Board of Supervisors voted to appoint Willaford to the post on Thursday night. Supervisor Benjamin Pitts abstained from voting because he was not present for the board’s interviews with the two finalists for the job.
Willaford, 54, will take over for Chris Eudailey, who is officially retiring next month. He is currently deputy chief of operations for the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue.
Willaford resigned as Spotsylvania’s deputy fire chief so that he could provide care for his mother, whose health was declining.
He started in 1975 as a volunteer firefighter for the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department in Middlesex County. In 1979, he got a firefighting job at the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety, where he moved up the ranks to eventually become the fire marshal.
He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in criminal justice from American Military University and is a 2001 graduate of the FBI Academy.
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