Rescue services

Louis Winston named head of HoCo’s fire and rescue services department

HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Louis Winston has been chosen to become the next Chief of the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services Department. Winston served three decades in the department, rising to the rank of deputy chief before retiring in January 2020. His appointment will be effective September 7, 2021.

“Lou Winston is a long-time respected and admired member of the fire department,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said. “He is a innovative and progressive leader who has the experience to carry on the traditions of our department while shaping and preparing it for the future. I have complete confidence in his ability to lead a department that is a model and a national standard of excellence. »

Winston joined the department on February 12, 1990, and served under seven fire chiefs and six county executives. Prior to his appointment as deputy chief in 2019, Winston held a general manager role for more than six years. During this time he served as a Field Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief where he managed the Office of Administrative Services overseeing the department’s recruitment, human resources and budget. He has championed and embraced resource management principles and successful CPR initiatives.

For more than 10 years, Winston served as president of the Phoenix Sentinels, an organization committed to improving career opportunities for minorities in the fire service. A graduate of Loyola Blakefield, Winston holds a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland’s Global Campus. He is also a 2015 Howard County Premier Class of 2015 graduate and a 2015 Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute graduate.

A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Winston is a past recipient of the Howard County Government Mentorship Award, Baltimore Recreation and Parks County Shining Star Award, and Turner Station Community Service Award.

Winston said he looks forward to leading the department with “open, honest, and transparent collaborative leadership that embraces Howard County’s diversity and inclusion to help maintain safe and engaged communities.”

“It has been an absolute honor to serve 30 years with the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services Department and I thank the Ball County Executive for the opportunity to lead this great department,” Winston said. “As a servant leader, I recognize the importance of the growth and well-being of individuals and communities.”