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Department Announces Newly Appointed Deputy Chief

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2012 


The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) is pleased to announce that Fire/EMS Chief William F. Goddard III, has appointed former Assistant Chief John Butler, a 19-year-veteran of HCDFRS, to the position of Deputy Chief.   

 “I’m honored to be selected to serve in this capacity,” said Deputy Chief Butler. “I love this Department and look forward to doing what I can to further our service to the community.” 

Butler, 44, of Ellicott City, joined HCDFRS in 1993 as a firefighter. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief, he served as Assistant Chief for the Department's Administrative Services Bureau, a role in which he had overall responsibility for the management of the operating budget, human resources issues, administrative policies, recruitment, labor/management relations, payroll, and grants management. 

Butler is a national registered emergency medical technician-paramedic and a Maryland State Certified Emergency Services instructor. He received a Bachelor's degree with a triple major from the University of Baltimore, majoring in Management, History, and Government/Public Policy. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he completed the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program. In 2011, Butler was awarded a certificate of completion for the "Leadership in Crisis" program from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

During a brief promotion ceremony in his office for Deputy Chief Butler, County Executive Ken Ulman said, “John has worked hard to rise through the ranks to this second-in-command position; and he’s had the support of two great families along the way -- his own family and his fire service family.  Public safety is my number one priority as Executive, and I am proud to have a leader like Deputy Chief Butler who will continue to strengthen our Department and put our citizens first.”   

 “Deputy Chief Butler is a great leader and he understands what it takes to keep our firefighters and paramedics safe, while doing our part to contribute to the good of the County,” said Fire/EMS Chief Goddard.  

In addition, Butler has previously served as an associate faculty member at Howard Community College as well as the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute based at the University of Maryland-College Park. He is a retired infantry Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, having served in combat action in Panama in 1989 and again in 1990-1991 during the Persian Gulf War. He is an active member of Fire and Rescue Alliance and recently volunteered with that nonprofit organization to help train local fire service personnel in Liberia, Africa. 

Other career accomplishments include: representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) EMS Agenda for the Future Work Group; and being appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Fire and Rescue Education and Training Commission (MFRETC). He is also a member of Leadership Howard County Class of 2012 and a board member with the United Way of Central Maryland’s Community Partnership Board.