Anthony E. McDowell
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775
Chief Tony McDowell works with and coordinates the tasks of the Police and Fire divisions and assists the divisions’ chiefs with special projects. He also represents Henrico County on a range of task forces related to local, state, national and international public safety.
Chief McDowell began his public service career as a firefighter in 1987 and later served as Special Projects Manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (1992-1994) and as a Budget Analyst for Chesterfield County, Virginia (1995 to 1997). He joined the Henrico Division of Fire in 1997, was promoted through the ranks, and was selected as Fire Chief in 2012. He was appointed Deputy County Manager for Public Safety in December 2018.
Chief McDowell earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Virginia Tech and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas. A graduate of the National Fire Academy, he is certified as an Executive Fire Officer by the U.S. Fire Administration and earned the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
In 2013 Chief McDowell was appointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell to the Virginia E-911 Services Board. He is a graduate of the Henrico County Leadership Development Program and a 2014 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. In 2015, he was selected as the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s “Fire Chief of the Year.”
Chief McDowell has served on numerous professional association boards and committees, is an active member of the West Richmond Rotary Club and serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 735.