Head shot of Willie McDonald, new fire chief for Las Vegas

Willie McDonald '95, MBA (Image: KRON 4)

CSUEB MBA grad named new Las Vegas fire chief

  • July 24, 2013 5:00am

William (Willie) McDonald '95, MBA, who most recently served as the San Jose, Calif. fire chief, has been named the new fire chief for the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department. This Cal State East Bay grad was selected after a national search with more than 60 candidates considered from across the nation, including local and internal candidates.

McDonald has more than 35 years of continuous service as a firefighter and has served as a fire chief since Feb. 1, 1993. He previously served as the fire chief in the cities of Foster City, Calif.; San Mateo, Calif.; Fremont, Calif.; and Scottsdale, Ariz.

City Manager Betsy Fretwell said in a statement, "After a thorough search, I am happy to select Chief McDonald. His experience serving in the capacity of fire chief for nearly 19 years, coupled with his educational background and extensive training knowledge, will make him a welcome addition to our team.”

Congrats, Chief McDonald!

Read KSNV news story, New fire chief named for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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