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Chief Ben Barksdale picked to lead Orlando Fire Department

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Congratulations to Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department Chief Ben Barksdale Jr. on a short-lived retirement from PGFD and a new appointment as chief of the Orlando Fire Department. Chief Barksdale starts in Orlando on November 15.

David Harris, Orlando Sentinel:

Mayor Buddy Dyer will appoint a new chief Thursday to run the Orlando Fire Department, concluding a search that began when the previous chief abruptly resigned amid sexual harassment allegations in February.

Benjamin M. Barksdale, Jr. is the current fire chief of Prince George’s County, Md. Dyer will make the appointment Thursday at a press conference at Orlando Fire Station 1 downtown.

He will replace ex-Chief Roderick Williams, who stepped down after an EEOC investigation found support for claims that he and two deputy chiefs discriminated against a female assistant fire chief. In an EEOC complaint, she accused Williams of making inappropriate sexual advances during work and passing her over for promotions and recognition because of her gender.

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