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BY KATIE THISDELL
Mark Lockhart has been named Stafford County's chief of fire and emergency medical services.
Lockhart, who first came to the county in 2010, has been serving as the acting fire chief since May, while county staff and the Board of Supervisors conducted a national search to fill the position.
"Mark's extensive experience in the fire service, emergency medical services and homeland security has brought valuable operational expertise and strategic leadership to the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department," County Administrator Anthony Romanello said in a statement. "I believe that Mark has the determination and 'big picture' outlook to take Stafford Fire and Rescue to the next level."
Former Chief Rob Brown, the first chief over the county's combined volunteer and career units, left Stafford to become the fire chief in Fresno, Calif.
In July 2010, Lockhart was hired as an assistant chief and oversaw the administrative, logistics/fleet, EMS and training divisions. He also has worked with administration and finance and with accreditation efforts.
Lockhart has 30 years of experience, serving various emergency departments. He has held leadership positions for EMS and fire associations.
In 2011, Lockhart received the meritorious service award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Lockhart, the father of three, was previously a chief in the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District in Missouri.
"I am honored and excited to be appointed as Stafford County's next fire chief," Lockhart said in a statement.
"I am looking forward to working with the Board of Supervisors, our staff and our citizens on continuing to develop our department's service response and emergency management efforts, and building Stafford County's reputation in the commonwealth of Virginia as the top fire and rescue organization."
Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975