Steven WoodardSteven Woodard is Chief of the Emergency Preparedness Division within the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He also serves as the Duval County Emergency Planning Director and the Security Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville.

Woodard joined the department in 2013 and is responsible for emergency management activities that include preparedness, prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation in an all-hazards environment. Woodard is also responsible for the Duval County Emergency Operations Center.

From 1987 to 2013, Woodard served the federal government in numerous management and leadership positions.  From 1987 to 2008, he held several positions in the United States Secret Service, including Special Agent in the New York Field Office and the Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond, Va. Field Office.  From 2004 to 2008, he was assigned to Secret Service Headquarters in Washington, DC where he served as Deputy Assistant Director. 

From 2008 to 2013, Woodard also served as a top administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for Response Operations and Logistics Management. Woodard managed the National Response Coordination Center, National Watch Center, FEMA Operations Center, Disaster Emergency Communications, National Planning, Disaster Assistance Employees, and the Urban Search and Rescue Program.

Woodard is a graduate of West Virginia University. He also attended the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health.

He has received numerous awards, including the New Zealand Police Commissioner’s Award, United States Attorney’s Award for Public Service, and the United States Secret Service Director’s Award.