Leesburg’s first African American Fire Chief

‘This is Florida”

Leesburg has new fire chief


Almost 20 years after he joined the Leesburg Fire Department and said his career goal one day would be running his own department, David Johnson has been given the chief’s hat.

Johnson, who became deputy fire chief in 2012 and interim fire chief last December, aims to be an example for his team of fellow firefighters.

“They know me very well – I believe that my actions speak louder than words,” he said.

Johnson replaces former Chief Kevin Bowman, who retired last December.

“I think it’s great for the city of Leesburg that we can tap employees who elevate in our organization – especially somebody who put in 20 years and is the first African-American fire chief for the city,” Leesburg Mayor John Christian said. “I think it speaks volumes for all the work David has done.”

According to the news report on TV he is the first?

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