Career firefighter Michael E. Cox Jr., who has been serving as Anne Arundel County's interim fire chief, was named Tuesday to head the department.
In making the announcement, County Executive Laura Neuman praised his initiatives in a number of areas, saying Cox is addressing issues that include safety improvements for county residents as well as emergency personnel. He succeeds Chief Robert Ray, who recently retired.
Cox, who has worked in nearly every part of the fire department over the past 25 years, lives in Edgewater with his family. A formal swearing in ceremony is scheduled for Monday.