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



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