MCFRS Chief Richard Bowers is jumping across the river to take the fire chief job in Fairfax County, according to a Fairfax County press release Tuesday afternoon.
Bowers, who has been MCFRS chief since 2008 and who is a 35-year veteran of the department, will start in Fairfax on April 29, according to the release. He will take over for retiring Fairfax Fire Chief Ronald Mastin, who is retiring in May.
Bowers will receive an annual salary of $187,500, a slight decrease from his reported annual salary of $190,000 in Montgomery County.
Bowers has spent his entire career in MCFRS, starting as a firefighter/EMT after coming out of a 1977 recruiting class and gradually moving up the ranks.