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Butler named Howard County fire chief
Butler named Howard County fire chief

John Butler has held every rank within the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and as of Jan. 20, he'll hold the department's top spot. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman named Butler chief of the county fire and rescue services Tuesday, nearly two months after he was named acting chief following Bill Goddard's resignation. Kittleman made the announcement at the Long Reach Fire Station — the first station Butler visited as a teenager moving from Cincinnati to Columbia and the last station he was assigned to before moving into administration headquarters. About 100 people attended the ceremony, including county officials and state fire marshal...