Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service’s fire chief is headed to Fairfax.
On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Richard R. Bowers Jr. as the county’s next fire chief, according to a statement from Fairfax County government announcing the news Tuesday afternoon.
Bowers will take over for Chief Ronald L. Mastin, who is expected to retire May 7. Bowers is scheduled to assume his duties April 29.
Bowers has served in the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service for 35 years and as its chief since 2008, according to the Fairfax County release. Bowers will receive an annual salary of $187,500, slightly below his Montgomery County salary of $190,000.
“Fairfax County welcomes Chief Bowers to the Fairfax County leadership team and we’re very excited to have him on board,” said Sharon Bulova, chairwoman for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Bowers was selected in a process that began six months ago from a list of more than 40 applicants, she said. A panel that included fire chiefs from neighboring counties and employee organizations including fire and rescue unions reviewed the applicants.
Bowers was “unanimously” the top choice of the panel, she said, adding that Bowers “had just an exceptional reputation among Northern Virginia jurisdictions.”
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue declined to comment.
A phone number for Bowers could not be located as of Tuesday evening.