New Fire Chief to Join Arlington County

Published on October 10, 2018

After an extensive search process, County Manager Mark Schwartz has appointed David Povlitz as Arlington County Fire Chief, effective November 5, 2018.

Chief Povlitz has more than 24 years of experience in fire, rescue and emergency medical services. During a 22-year career with Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland, Chief Povlitz advanced through the ranks, starting as a firefighter/emergency medical technician, and retiring as a division chief. He then moved to Alexandria Fire Department where he currently serves as an assistant chief, focusing on administration and process management.

"Chief Povlitz has a track record of accomplished leadership and has established himself as a strong regional partner throughout his career," said County Manager Mark Schwartz. "These qualities are critical in leading Arlington's fire department, which not only serves this community but also is part of the larger system of prevention, planning and response in the metropolitan area."

"I am honored to join the Arlington County Fire Department," said Chief Povlitz. "ACFD is a national leader in fire and emergency services, and I look forward to continuing the department's well-established track record, regionally and nationwide."

Chief Povlitz's background covers a range of areas, including budget development, information technology integration, emergency communications, training, and emergency management support. He also is an experienced incident commander, planning section chief, and operations section chief for large-scale incidents and complex events. He has more than 20 years of involvement with special operations including hazardous materials, collapsed building and rope rescue, as well as technical, marine, and dive rescue incidents.

In another key area, Chief Povlitz has strong relationships with city, county, state, and regional public safety agencies. He has served on various Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments committees and workgroups, in addition to the Baltimore Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team and the Baltimore Regional Incident Management Team when with Anne Arundel County. Chief Povlitz has also supported various volunteer fire and rescue organizations.

Chief Povlitz has a Master of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science, both from the University of Maryland. He lives with his wife in Tracy's Landing, Maryland, and they have two children.