Yellowstone County’s new Disaster & Emergency Services Coordinator has found his dream job. Kenneth Williams, better known as “KC”, is now on the job in the County’s Public Works Department, replacing the former head of emergency services for all of the county, Brad Shoemaker, who resigned last summer.
Williams, who comes to Montana from Vilonia, Arkansas, loves camping, hiking and fishing, and to live in a state with great outdoor access has always been his dream. When Williams saw the job listing issued by Yellowstone County that so totally fit his experience and background, Williams said he knew it was a perfect fit. Public Works Director Tim Miller, who headed the committee that oversaw the hiring process from a roster of seven candidates, also thought Williams was a perfect fit.
Williams was the Fire Chief for the small town of Vilonia. He was also department director of emergency management and served on Arkansas’s Task Force One, a statewide urban search and rescue team. He is qualified at several levels for urban search and rescue. He also worked part time for the local hospital as a registered respiratory therapist, which he has done for 31 years. He was also a fire fighter for 29 years. He is also an EMT and was a certified police officer, for the purpose of criminal investigations of arson.
In a rather unique twist of fate, Williams has also been incident commander in dealing with three presidential declared disasters, including one that involved a pipeline oil spill. He has extensive experience dealing with hurricane and flood disasters.
His role in Yellowstone County is that of overseeing, planning and coordinating emergency services responders and to serve as the county’s Fire Warden. Besides having oversight of the planning and organizing of emergency service providers throughout the county and assist all fire districts and departments in the county, he will also be responsible for flood plain issues. The office functions as part of the County Public Works Department.
Williams’ wife, Jennifer, also enjoys the out-of-doors. Together they have five children, Casey Williams, Emily Williams, Jenny Grace Lambert, Landon Lambert, and Braden Danner.