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Bill Anuszewski named Howard County fire chief

Bill Anuszewski was named Howard County Fire Chief Friday.
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Bill Anuszewski was named chief of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services on Friday after spending the past two months as acting chief.

Anuszewski has served as acting chief since March 1 when former chief Christine Uhlhorn, the first female fire chief in Howard County, announced she would retire at the end of the February to spend more time with her family.


“I know firsthand that the men and women who make up this department are some of the best out there,” Anuszewski said in a statement. “Our uniform personnel, civilians, and volunteers’ steadfast commitment and dedication to serving the residents and visitors of Howard County remains evident, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.”

The lifelong Howard County resident was previously deputy chief of operations for fire and rescue and director of the Office of Emergency Management. Anuszewski has been at the helm of the department since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.


“He stepped into the role of acting chief just as this public health crisis began and has been a remarkable leader while navigating the pandemic with front-line paramedics and emergency technicians,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said in a statement. “As our government looks to a new normal, we know that fire and rescue is in good hands.”

Anuszewski began his career as a volunteer with the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department in 1983 and was hired by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services in 1990. During his 30-year tenure, he also served as battalion chief of special operations, field operations, assistant chief of logistics and assistant chief of administrative services.

“Though there are a great number of things going well for our department, there are a number of priorities still outstanding,” Richard Ruehl, president of the Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association, said in a statement. “We are eager to see that these priorities come to fruition during Chief Anuszewski’s tenure."

Anuszewski’s appointment is effective Monday.