Media Release

Hail to the Chief

Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:00 AM
4:42 p.m.
ALACHUA COUNTY - At the recent Florida Fire Chiefs Association Annual Meeting, Alachua County Emergency Services Director Chief Will Gray May received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his unparalleled service to the Florida fire and emergency services community--contributions that have greatly enhanced the visibility and awareness of fire and emergency services professions not only in Florida, but across the country.
In speaking of Chief May, County Manager Randall H. Reid said, "One of the great pleasures of managing a dynamic organization is appreciating some of the outstanding folks who serve the public.  I like to refer to these outstanding employees as County Champions, as they excel at what they do and reflect the best of public service.  Alachua County Fire Rescue Emergency Services Director, Chief Will Gray May Jr. is such a person.  His abilities and dedication are no secret to his co-workers and professional peers."

Chief May's accomplishments, positions, and memberships leading to this award include:

  • The International Association of Fire Chiefs' Wild-land Fire Policy Committee
  • The National Wildfire Coordinating Group's Wild-land Urban Interface Working Team
  • The Florida Center for Wildfire and Forest Resource Management Advisory Committee
  • The Department of Homeland Security-International Association of Fire Chiefs' Fire Rescue Infrastructure Identification Panel
  • Interim Council Chairman for both the Florida Society of Public Fire & Life Safety Educators and the Florida Fire Prevention Association
  • He has served as Florida Fire Chiefs' Association Board of Directors Liaison to the Florida Association of Hazardous Materials Response Section and Florida Association of Search and Rescue Section
  • Member of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association Domestic Security Resource Committee
  • Member of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association's Governance Task Force
  • Florida Fire Chiefs' Association Regional Director
  • Florida Fire Chiefs' Association 2nd Vice President
  • Florida Fire Chiefs' Association 1st Vice President
  • President of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association
  • Immediate Past President of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association
The current County Manager's Blog goes into detail about this award and Chief May's service.  Click the link below to view.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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