Arnold Appointed Deputy County Executive for Safety and Security

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Deputy County Executive Tom ArnoldAt its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Board of Supervisors appointed Thomas G. Arnold as Deputy County Executive for Safety and Security . The appointment is effective Saturday, Feb. 26.

Arnold will oversee the Police Department, the Fire and Rescue Department , the Department of Emergency Management and Security , the Department of Public Safety Communications and the Department of Animal Sheltering .

Previously, Arnold was an assistant fire chief with the Fire and Rescue Department, where he served as a senior adviser to the chief, led project implementation of initiatives from the chief’s office, served as liaison with other county agencies, and supervised the department’s Fiscal Services Division, Data Analytics Strategy Management Division, Information Technology Division, Public Information Office, Health, Wellness Section and Planning Section.

Arnold has 21 years of service with Fairfax County. He began with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department as a firefighter in 2001 and worked his way up through the ranks as a lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and deputy chief. He has served as assistant chief since 2020.

Arnold holds numerous certifications and professional affiliations, and has received several performance and achievement awards for his service. He has also published papers on fire and rescue-related topics.

Arnold holds a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. He will receive an annual salary of $215,000.

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