Anthony E. McDowell
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775
Tony McDowell assists the County Manager in coordinating high priority public safety efforts involving the Police and Fire Divisions. He acts as the day-to-day liaison to the Sheriff’s Office, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Courts and clerk’s offices of the 14th Judicial Circuit, the Henrico Magistrate’s office, and the state’s juvenile and adult probation/parole offices. His portfolio of county agencies include the departments of Building Inspections, Community Revitalization, Community Corrections, Juvenile Detention, Emergency Management and Workplace Safety, and the Public Safety Wireless Communications Division. He serves as the chairman of the James River Juvenile Detention Commission.
McDowell joined the Henrico Division of Fire in 1997 and served as fire chief for six years before being appointed as Deputy County Manager for Public Safety in 2018. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Virginia Tech and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas. He completed the Henrico County Leadership Development Program in 2008 and attended Leadership Metro Richmond in 2013-14. A graduate of the National Fire Academy, McDowell is certified by FEMA as an Executive Fire Officer and as a designated Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is a past president of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and was the 2015 recipient of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s “Fire Chief of the Year.” He currently serves as a Peer Team Leader for the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation.