In 2021, City of Rocklin has hired Reginald Williams as Rocklin’s next fire chief.
Williams leaves his position as assistant fire chief with the City of San José, where he oversaw 838 employees in the third largest city in California. Williams had been with San José for 25 years, holding roles also including deputy chief, battalion chief, captain, engineer, and fire fighter paramedic.
The combination of his experience, along with his skillset and education, made him a clear choice for Rocklin.
“Rocklin is a safe and growing city where the community really cares about where they live. I’m excited to join the department and enjoy a smaller community I can call home,” Williams said.
Williams’ goals for the department include incorporating technological innovations like emergency vehicle preemption (EVP) and digital patient record keeping into operations. He feels it is important to keep population growth in mind as well.
“We have an opportunity to look at growth, and I want to look at efficient ways to keep up with the demand,” Williams said. “As the community becomes more mature, we may also have to address increased medical needs in the coming years.”
Williams graduated from San José State University with a degree in Communication Studies, and he is pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration at the same institution.
“I believe that Chief Williams will be an effective administrator that can help the Rocklin Fire Department innovate,” said City Manager Steve Rudolph. “He has shown his ability to embrace public safety’s evolution and will ensure the City is able to continue to provide our residents the highest quality emergency services.”