New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Director William K. Owen III

Chief William K. Owen III has been an active member of the Stittville Volunteer Fire Department since 1976, joining as one of the department’s first junior members. Over the past 45 years, he has risen through the ranks and was promoted to lieutenant in 1980, assistant chief in 1984, and chief in 1990. Owen currently holds the rank of assistant chief and fire prevention officer. He has also served as the department training officer. In 2002, Owen proudly served the Oneida County Fire Chiefs Association as president. He continues to serve the association as secretary/treasurer. Owen also is a member of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, where he serves as chairman of the Scholarship Program. In 2016, Owen retired from the New York State Office of Mental Health, where he was employed for over 34 years. During his tenure as chief of safety and security, Owen was able to apply the knowledge gained through his years of fire service training and experience. A member of NYSAFC since 1980, Owen was appointed to the Conference Committee in 2013 as a member of the Life Safety Sub-Committee. The fire service has been a large part of the Owen family. He followed his namesakes, William K. Owen and William K. Owen Jr., by leading the Stittville Department for many years and continues on the path of his father by proudly serving on the NYSAFC board of directors.  William K. Owen Jr. led the association as president from 2008-2009. Bill and his wife, Candace, married in 1984. Sharing the love of being raised and living in a small community, they chose to remain in the hamlet of Stittville to raise their daughters, with extended family an important part of their daily lives. Candy, Danielle and Derek, Michelle and Bob, and Katelynn offer support and pride as Bill continues with his variety of roles in the fire service. Bill and Candy welcomed their first grandchild the week of the 2021 NYSAFC conference.