Two longtime Howard County assistant chiefs have been appointed as deputy chiefs, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services announced Monday.
Chief Louis Winston, a 29-year veteran of the department, and Chief Gordon Wallace, who has served for 23 years in Howard County, were appointed as the new deputy chiefs, the department said in a news release.
Howard Fire Chief Christine M. Uhlhorn said in a statement the two deputy chiefs’ “leadership capabilities will continue to propel our fire department forward as a national standard for excellence.”
“Chiefs Winston and Wallace are innovative, progressive leaders who have the experience to carry on the traditions of our department while possessing the fortitude to prepare for the future,” she said.
As deputy chiefs, the two will have the ability to serve as acting fire chief if needed.
Winston assumes his role immediately, while Wallace will begin Aug. 31.
Wallace, a chief officer for over nine years, has served as a battalion chief in the Bureau of Education and Training and has overseen the fire department’s special operations. He also has been an assistant chief where he managed the Emergency Services Bureau and the Office of the Fire Marshal.
As a chief officer for over six years, Winston has served as a field battalion chief and an assistant chief where he oversaw the Administrative Service Bureau’s budget, human resources and recruitment. He is a graduate of Leadership Howard County’s Premier Class of 2015 and the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute.
Both men are graduates of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and have received designation as a chief fire officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
County Executive Calvin Ball said in a statement that he’s “looking forward” to working with both Winston and Wallace “to support their efforts to keep us all safe.”