Police Chief David M. Rohrer Appointed Deputy County Executive
Sept. 25 2012
- Rohrer will oversee public safety agencies.
- The appointment will increase the county's ability to respond quickly to events and to coordinate regional preparedness.
- Appointment is effective Oct. 20.
David M. Rohrer
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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed Police Chief David M. Rohrer as deputy county executive. He will begin his new position Oct. 20.
Rohrer will be responsible for Fairfax County’s public safety programs and will oversee the following agencies:
- Police Department
- Fire and Rescue Department
- Office of Emergency Management
- Department of Public Safety Communications
He will also have a liaison relationship with the Office of the Sheriff and the courts. This appointment will add an increased focus on public safety, which is the county’s largest direct expenditure function, receiving 12.4 percent of general fund disbursements in the Fiscal Year 2013 Adopted Budget. The county has responded to a number of major emergencies and disasters since 2001, which have impacted county residents and required coordination within the public safety agencies, as well as with surrounding jurisdictions.
“A dedicated deputy county executive for public safety is better able to quickly respond to events as they occur and to coordinate regional preparedness in advance,” says County Executive Ed Long.
Deputy County Executive Rob Stalzer, who currently oversees public safety in addition to his other duties, will focus on planning, development and transportation. Some of the major issues in these areas impacting the county include Dulles Rail; transportation funding; Tysons redevelopment; BRAC; regional water systems; and the redevelopments of Springfield Mall, Bailey’s Crossroads and Merrifield Town Center.
Dedicating one deputy county executive position exclusively to public safety and refocusing another deputy county executive on planning, development and transportation functions will prioritize public safety resources for the county’s 1.1 million residents while also serving the county’s long-term growth and development needs.
Rohrer has been with the Fairfax County Police Department for almost 32 years and was appointed chief in 2004. He has also served as deputy chief for investigations and operations support; Patrol Bureau commander; Special Operations Division and district commander; SWAT first-line supervisor; and first-line patrol supervisor.
Rohrer has served two terms as chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Police Chiefs’ Committee, and he is a member of numerous organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association; the Police Executive Research Forum; and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Rohrer holds a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from George Mason University. He will receive an annual salary of $191,168.