Joshua Williams will come over from Depoe Bay to take the helm when Rod Yoder retires

Aurora has a new fire chief. The board announced on March 23 they had selected Joshua Williams from Depoe Bay to take over when Rod Yoder retires.

The two finalists were available Wednesday in a meet-and-greet to talk with residents prior to discussing the opening with the board.

Williams, currently the fire chief of Depoe Bay, has been a firefighter for 25 years. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Wilsonville and moved up to chief of Depoe Bay.

"I'm looking for a challenge," he told the Herald. "I've done a lot in my career and I'll bring all those skills to Aurora."

Williams will take over from Yoder, who told the Herald that Williams passed his physical and background check.

One part of his career included sending a crew to the Chetco Bar fire last summer. Williams also noted that he's good at dealing with budgets. He added Depoe Bay is similar to Aurora's fire districts and volunteers and said he's excited to work in the city.

Joshua Williams.

His competition was Tim Demers, who's been in the business for 37 years. He is the fire chief of Warrenton and has been for 10 years. He began his career at Black Butte where he was an assistant chief and paramedic. He still works as a paramedic, he said. He's familiar with the area because his father and grandfather ran the Aurora Airport.

"We started out with 18 candidates," said Marc Anderson, president of the board. "We narrowed that down to five and after an extensive process we invited those two to (the) process."

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