Montgomery County extends acting fire chief’s appointment through April -- Gazette.Net


Montgomery County’s acting fire chief will get at least six more months on the job as the county begins its search for a permanent replacement.

The County Council voted 7-0 to approve an extension until May 1 for Acting Fire Chief Steven Lohr on Tuesday, at the request of County Executive Isiah Leggett (D).

Council members Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring and Marc Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park were not present for the vote.

Leggett asked that the council approve an extension for Lohr until a permanent chief is found and confirmed by the council. Lohr, a veteran of about 29 years with the department, was named acting chief in May after the departure of former Chief Richard Bowers to become chief in Fairfax County, Va.

There is no search for a full-time chief yet, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Tuesday.

Through department spokesman Scott Graham, Lohr said he was pleased and honored to receive the extension as chief, and appreciated the chance to serve and further the mission of the county’s fire and rescue services.

Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg, the chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, said Lohr was “off to an excellent start” in his time heading the fire department.

Andrews said he appreciates the work Lohr has been doing for county residents and was pleased to support the extension.