Chief, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
Bio: Willie McDonald is a native of Fresno, California, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University. He also graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers’ Program, completed Harvard University’s fellowship for State and Local Government Officials, and earned Arizona State University’s Certified Public Manager Certificate. In August 2010, McDonald was appointed Fire Chief in San Jose, CA, where the Fire Department has 790 employees serving the nation’s 10th largest populated city. Beginning August 2013, he joined Las Vegas Fire & Rescue as the Fire Chief. The Department is highly respected throughout the fire service, is accredited and maintains an ISO Class I designation.
I serve on the Board of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada Because… Make-A-Wish is completely committed to improving children's lives and experience. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to improve the condition. It is awesome.
My wish would be... that others can experience that great joy in helping families.