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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CHIEF BONZANO


On May 5, 2016, Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz named James Bonzano as the county's seventh fire chief.

Bonzano began his career in 1984 as a firefighter/paramedic and has worked in a variety of positions, most recently Acting Assistant Chief.


“Chief Bonzano brings a wealth of experience to this position, as well as deep ties to the Arlington community and Fire Department,” Schwartz said. “Over the last three decades, he has been committed to being a strong and progressive leader and I am thrilled that he will continue to do so as our new Fire Chief.”


Bonzano, who was born in Arlington County, holds a master’s degree from Marymount University as well as a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University.

He replaces James Schwartz, who was appointed deputy county manager.