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Friday, May 13, 2011

County Executive Submits Acting Fire Chief for Council Approval

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVEFor Immediate Release: May 13, 2011
Contact: Scott L. Peterson (240) 619-9400
Acting Department Heads for Police, Fire/EMS, Department of Environmental Resources, Department of Housing and Community Development, Office of Finance, Office of Management and Budget, and Office of Central Services submitted for permanent appointments

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Today, Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III submitted seven agency and department heads to the County Council for approval for permanent appointment.  The appointments by County Executive Baker are as follows: Marc Bashoor, Chief of Fire/EMS Department; Eric Brown, Department of Housing and Community Development; Gail Francis, Director, Office of Finance; Thomas Himler, Director, Office of Management and Budget; Monica Johnson, Director, Office of Central Services; Mark Magaw, Chief of Police; and Samuel Wynkoop, Jr., Director, Department of Environmental Resources.  

“As Acting Directors of their agencies, they have served with a commitment to excellence. I submit them to the Council for approval with the utmost confidence that they are the right choices for this County.” said Baker. “Their experience, leadership, and most importantly, dedication to the residents of Prince George’s County will create noticeable positive change for the employees within their respective agencies and departments as well as improved government services for our citizens. These individuals have already exceeded my expectations as Acting Directors, and I expect they will continue to build on their accomplishments in their agencies and departments.” 

In accordance with the County Charter (Section 322: Confirmation of Administrative Appointments), heads of agencies in the Executive Branch, as well as members of boards and commissions, are subject to confirmation by the County Council, which must act to confirm or reject such appointments within forty-five days of their submission. The County Council must also hold public hearings on all appointments not less than thirty days after they are submitted by the County Executive. 

Submitting these appointments today ensures that the Prince George’s County Council will have the necessary time to act upon them before its August recess.

Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor
Biographies of Appointee: 

Marc S. Bashoor, Chief, Fire/EMS Department: 

Marc Bashoor returned to serve Prince George’s County as our Interim Fire Chief, effective December 6, 2010.

A retired 23 year veteran of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, with 29 years of service in the emergency service field, Interim Fire Chief Bashoor is also a Prince George's County native and Bowie High School graduate.  Interim Fire Chief Bashoor began his service to Prince George's County as a volunteer member at Bowie Fire Station 39.  During his 23 year career, Interim Fire Chief Bashoor rose through the ranks of Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department receiving numerous citations and commendations including the Fire/EMS Department Silver Medal of Valor in 2004.

Interim Fire Chief Bashoor is a tenured fire service adjunct instructor with the Texas A&M University, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.  He also serves as an adjunct instructor with the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, as well as with the Regional Education Service Agency in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

In 2003, Interim Chief Bashoor was recognized by the Maryland Police Training Commission as an Incident Command System subject-matter-expert.  He has achieved State of Maryland and National Pro-Board certification as a Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, and Fire Inspector I.

Concurrent to his emergency management duties in West Virginia, Interim Chief Bashoor has also served for the past three years as a consultant with the United States Veterans Administration Central Office in Washington, DC, to assist with the development of continuity plans and National Incident Management System implementation throughout the Veterans Administration. Interim Chief Bashoor also served as a member of FEMA's Technology Transfer Working Group.

Read the Washington Post article by clicking here.

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