Message from IAFF Local 1619 president Andrew Pantelis on departure of Chief Eugene Jones & the appointment of Marc Bashoor
The new Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern Baker, has announced an acting fire chief. He is Marc Bashoor, who retired from the department in 2005 as a lieutenant colonel. Bashoor is a 23-year veteran of PGFD. More recently Bashoor has been the Director of Homeland Security for Mineral County, West Virginia.
We should also point out that, in his youth, Bashoor was an intern in the weather department at Channel 9, where I used to work. Luckily he decided on a more reputable career path.
Here are excerpts from a press release by PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady:
“While the Transition Committee continues an extensive search for the best possible applicants, reviews the current state of county agencies, and seeks best practices to deliver a more effective and efficient county government, these experienced and talented individuals will be able provide the expertise and leadership needed during this interim period of transition,” stated County Executive Baker.
All of the announced appointments of County Executive Baker, besides Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, require County Council approval.
Prince George’s County Acting Chief Marc Bashoor is a retired 23 year veteran of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. During his 23 years of service, Bashoor rose through the ranks of Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department receiving numerous citations and commendations including the Fire/EMS Department Silver Medal of Valor.
Concurrent to his emergency management duties in West Virginia, Bashoor has served as a consultant with the United States Veterans Administration, a fire service adjunct instructor with the Texas A&M University, and is a member of FEMA’s Technology Transfer Working Group. Furthermore, Bashoor has been recognized by the Maryland Police Training Commission as a National Incident Management System (NIMS) subject-matter-expert. These highlights merely touch the surface of Chief Bashoor’s experience and commitment to public safety.