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Rohrer Appointed Deputy County Executive

As of Oct. 20, FCPD Chief Dave Rohrer will lead team overseeing public safety.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer to deputy county executive for public safety at its Tuesday meeting, announcing he will step down as police chief Oct. 20 to assume the role.

In his new position, Rohrer will oversee the police department, fire and rescue department, office of emergency management and department of public safety communications.

Rohrer is the first to hold the newly created position.

“A dedicated deputy county executive for public safety is better able to quickly respond to events as they occur and to coordinate regional preparedness in advance,” County Executive Ed Long said.

Deputy County Executive Rob Stalzer, who formerly oversaw public safety as well as his other duties, will focus on planning, development and transportation issues. County officials hope the appointment will prioritize the county’s public safety resources.

Rohrer has been the county police chief since his appointment in 2004 and has been with the county police department for 32 years. He will have a salary of $191,168 in his new position.

Walter Hadlock September 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
While I'm sure there are positive arguments for creating this new position, the timing could not be any worse. Just as the Fairfax County Executive has requested recommendations for an across the board (all agencies) 5% budget cut for the FY2014 budget cycle, the county has created a new position that pays $191,168. As an example of a proposed cut, the Fairfax County Park Authority is proposing to eliminate the salaries for most of the merit staff at nearby Riverbend Park. Coincidentally, the $185,990 about equals the pay for the new Deputy County Executive position. I'm sure there are similar merit staff salary cuts proposed throughout the county. For many of us, we don't get much in the way of direct benefits for what we pay in county taxes. It seems parks and libraries are consistent targets. Too bad the county executive came up with this new, and pricey, position just as he is requiring agencies to come up with 5% cuts for the next budget year.

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