W.P. “Pat” Dent announces campaign 
to run for Williamsburg City Council 

Dent is the former fire chief and coordinator of emergency management

for the City of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA. – Pat Dent, who recently retired as the City of Williamsburg Fire Chief, announced today that he filed his candidacy for the Williamsburg City Council.  “I want to continue serving the Williamsburg community by utilizing my knowledge, skills and professional understanding of how local government can work to enhance the quality of life for our citizens while improving Williamsburg as a tourist destination,” said Dent. “I’ve successfully collaborated with Williamsburg City staff and its vital partners, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the College of William and Mary, and the citizens of Williamsburg, to achieve common goals. My unwavering commitment to work with each and every business, neighborhood, and organization during my 10 years as the Fire Chief has prepared me to continue serving our great community. I look forward to working with other members of City Council to identify innovative solutions for issues impacting Williamsburg” said Dent. Dent promises accountability, transparency and a commitment to a high quality of life while being fiscally responsible.  

Dent served as the City of Williamsburg Fire Chief and Coordinator of Emergency Management from 2009 until his retirement in 2019. During this time, he consistently displayed the City’s core values of integrity, caring, accountability, respect, and equity.  Dent’s 38 years of experience of supervising and managing employees, developing and managing budgets, setting organizational priorities, establishing city policies, and proposing necessary ordinances, has prepared him to transition from a successful public safety leader to a collaborative member of the Williamsburg City Council.

Dent worked with leaders of the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department to strengthen its membership through greater inclusion and diversity. He worked with the city’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to efficiently and effectively utilize their training to benefit neighborhoods affected by natural and man-made disasters and emergencies. Dent continues to participate in organizations that promote fire and emergency medical services training, such as the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (Past President), Peninsulas EMS Council (Board of Directors), Thomas Nelson Community College (Health Services Curriculum Advisory Committee and Adjunct Instructor), just to name a few.  

Dent has been married to his wife Sandy for 37 years, they have two children and three grandchildren. Son Matthew and daughter-in-law Candice manage a small business in the Greater Williamsburg area while raising three children. Daughter Megan is a teacher in the WJCC school system. She and husband Brandon spend their spare time with their Goldendoodle and Black Lab.      

Additional information about upcoming events and endorsements will follow in the days ahead, as well as a campaign website and social media presence. Feel free to contact him at DentforCouncil@gmail.com.




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