LARGO – The City of Largo is proud to announce the promotion of Deputy Chief Shelby Willis to the position of Chief of the Largo Fire Rescue Department. An extensive nationwide search fielded dozens of applicants. The applicant pool was narrowed down to eight semifinalists for telephone interviews. Four finalists, including Chief Willis, were selected to be interviewed by representatives from labor, executive management and command staff. At the completion of the interviews, Chief Willis was unanimously chosen by each of the panels as the person to lead Largo Fire Rescue.
Largo City Manager, Norton Craig stated in an email to staff, “It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Deputy Chief Shelby Willis. Please join me in congratulating Chief Willis on this outstanding achievement.”
Chief Willis has been with the Largo Fire Rescue Department since 1997 and has served in many roles including Interim Fire Chief since April. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and most recently earned the esteemed Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy. This program is an intensive, high-quality, four-year educational academy providing senior fire officers in key leadership roles a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration. The City of Largo welcomes Chief Willis into this new role and looks forward to her continued leadership and success within the Largo Fire Rescue Department.