Wednesday, January 31, 2018

City officials investigating complaint against Orlando fire chief

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 11:35 AM

click to enlarge Chief Roderick Williams, right. - PHOTO VIA CITY OF ORLANDO
  • Photo via City of Orlando
  • Chief Roderick Williams, right.
City of Orlando officials are investigating a complaint filed against Orlando Fire Chief Roderick Williams.

The confirmation from city officials about the complaint comes after WFTV 9 reported an assistant fire chief had filed a sexual harassment claim against Williams in December. The same woman also filed a complaint in May alleging she was "discriminated against and passed up for promotions," at the Orlando Fire Department, according to WFTV 9. Williams has been chief since 2015 and has a 20-year tenure with OFD.

"The City of Orlando takes the complaint against Fire Chief Williams seriously and, as with all allegations, we are thoroughly investigating," said Orlando spokesperson Jessica Garcia in a statement.

Garcia added that the city is "committed to ensuring the workplace is safe for all and will not tolerate harassment or any other form of discrimination or abuse." The city will not release the complaint until the investigation has been completed.

"All complaints will be investigated in a timely manner either internally or by an outside investigator and the City will take prompt, remedial action if warranted," Garcia said. "We have extensive processes in place so that employees can report harassment, including confidentiality."

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