Fire Chief Neuhard to Become Stafford County Deputy Administrator

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

Oct. 26, 2006

Fairfax County Fire Chief Michael Neuhard
to Become Stafford County Deputy Administrator

Michael P. Neuhard, chief of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Fairfax County Fire Marshal, will become Stafford County’s second deputy county administrator in February. Neuhard, a 29-year veteran of Fairfax’s Fire and Rescue Department, will be responsible for all of Stafford County’s community development-related activities to include planning, code, utilities and transportation, and will report directly to the Stafford County administrator.

“Stafford County’s gain is certainly Fairfax County’s loss,” said Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “Chief Neuhard is truly a dedicated public servant and has been an asset to the fire department and to the residents of Fairfax County. We wish him well in his new position with Stafford County.”

Neuhard currently directs a staff of approximately 1,700 career personnel – uniformed and civilian – approximately 300 operational fire and EMS volunteers, 36 fire stations and a FY 07 budget of $170 million. He plans, coordinates and directs the overall operation of the Fire and Rescue Department, including fire suppression, hazardous material abatement, emergency medical services, fire prevention, technical rescue and administrative and support services. During his career with the department, Neuhard served as the assistant chief of Administrative Services, deputy chief of Special Operations, Hazardous Materials Response Team coordinator, and head of Hazardous Materials Services in the Fire Prevention Division.

For the last decade, Neuhard has served on various national, regional, state and county level boards and committees, as well as a number of departmental work groups including service as chair of the Fire Department’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team. A 2001 graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Neuhard serves on the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention Policy Coordinating Council, is chair of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium - Emergency Response Technology Advisory Group, chair of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments’ Fire Chiefs Committee, and serves as a member of the Virginia Wireless E-911 Services Board. He also has served on the Secure Commonwealth Panel since his initial appointment in 2002. He was recently reappointed to serve on the board by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

Neuhard is a graduate of Mary Washington College, the Northern Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Senior Executive Institute. His professional affiliations include the Virginia State Fire Chiefs’ Association, the International Association of Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

For more information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711. For more about Neuhard’s new position with Stafford County, contact Cathy Riddle, Stafford County Public Information Officer, at 540-658-4894, TTY 711.


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