County names Tim Williams new fire, rescue chief

Tim Williams

Tim Williams has been selected as Shenandoah County’s new chief of fire and rescue, according to a news release issued today by county Administrator Mary T. Price.

Williams, who has served as the county’s deputy chief of operations since 2005, replaces former Chief Gary Yew, who retired at the beginning of September. From September to his Thursday appointment, Williams also served as interim chief for the county.  His starting annual salary is $78,560.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity,” Williams stated in the release. “This is the culmination of a lifetime in public service. Since I was a teenager, I have devoted many years to the fire and rescue service and to Shenandoah County.”

Williams has more than 40 years of fire and rescue experience, including 34 years of service with the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department, where he served in different capacities. He also served for 25 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, attaining the rank of captain at the time of his retirement, the release stated.

He’s now tasked with the oversight of nearly 350 career and volunteer personnel — 42 being full-time career employees, with roughly 300 volunteers, according to the release.

The process of replacing Yew began with a pool of 21 applicants. It was whittled down to six who were called in for interviews.

Williams is a native of Strasburg and attended Strasburg High School.