LEAGUE CITY There was some apprehension when League City, which has a volunteer fire department, hired its first paid chief. But a little more than a year later, praise is easy to come by for Chief Brad Goudie.

Whether it s representing the department at council meetings to responding fires, Goudie has been a success said city officials and department members.

Goudie came to the city in September 2011 after the city spent months searching and narrowing down a list of potential candidates. Goudie, previously the deputy fire chief for the Roanoke Fire Department, came in just as the city was to merge its emergency medical services department, fire marshal s office and fire department. Goudie had experience in each of those three areas, a bachelor s degree in emergency administration, disaster planning from the University of North Texas and nearly two decades of experience, and city leaders said he would be an excellent fit.

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