Issue No. 14, Fall 2009, Volume 9, Number 1

News Makers

David James

David James
David James

David James, ‘77 and colleague Charles Phillips organized a professional firefighters group known as the Progressive Firefighters Association. As the founding president, James turned to Dewey Knight, the former deputy county manager, and other community leaders for information and support. James then set about organizing community outreach programs and educating the public on health and wellness. The Progressive Firefighters Association was also active in encouraging Miami-Dade County’s efforts to recruit and maintain minorities. After 30 years of working diligently in Miami-Dade County, James retired for a time. He returned to the public sector when he was offered the job of fire chief for the city of Delray. James is the first African-American to hold the post.


More News Makers Articles


Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.