Austin’s first female Fire Chief, Rhoda Mae Kerr, takes job in Florida


Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, the first woman to lead the department, announced Wednesday that she is leaving and will take the helm of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, where her career began in South Florida 30 years ago.

Kerr will remain in her job for the next four months, allowing her to complete several projects before transitioning to her new job in July.

“Although the decision to leave Austin did not come easily, Fort Lauderdale holds a special place in my heart,” Kerr said in a statement. “So when the opportunity arose to return there and close out my career as the leader of that organization, I could not say no.”

For more on Kerr’s tenure in Austin, and her clashes with the firefighter’s union, visit MyStatesman.com



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members
3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

Three car rental companies have discontinued discounts and deals for National Rifle Association members, The Dallas Morning News reported. The moves by Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental, all owned by Enterprise Holdings, were done in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people...
McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers
McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers

A McDonald’s manager in Cleveland allegedly fired shots at three women in a car at the restaurant’s drive-thru, police said. Cleveland police said they have issued an arrest warrant for the man after the alleged incident Wednesday morning, WJW reported. According to a police report, the women were buying a smoothie at the drive-thru...
Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?
Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests searching for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic...
Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death
Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

An Indiana woman is angry after learning her father’s casket is missing from his gravesite, WISH reported. Mary Helen Samson Bovenschen died Feb. 18 at the age of 88. She was to buried next to her husband, Charles Bovenschen, who died Nov. 4, 2006 at age 80. But the couple’s daughter, Sandi Vasel, was stunned when speaking...
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo?  Of course not.  Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported. The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken...
More Stories