Henrico County has appointed Kevin M. Pond as chief of Emergency Communications, effective June 17.
A Henrico employee since 2008, Pond began his county career as a firefighter and advanced to other positions within the Division of Fire, including EMS supervisor and captain for the Emergency Communications Center. He most recently served as acting director of Emergency Communications. Prior to joining the county staff, he worked as a cardiac monitor technician for Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems.
As chief of Emergency Communications, Pond will head the new Department of Emergency Communications, which previously had been incorporated in the Henrico Police Division and was established as a separate agency in the fiscal year 2023-24 budget. The department operates the county’s 911 call center, processing emergency and nonemergency calls for Police, Fire and EMS assistance. Pond also will direct the county’s Public Safety radio communications operations and support staff. The department has an approved staff of 90 and a budget of $8.97 million for the 2023-24 fiscal year.
Pond earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and forensic science from Radford University and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Liberty University. He studied prehospital medicine and obtained National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic certification from VCU. He is a nationally registered Rapid Sequence Intubation Paramedic, a tactical paramedic with the Henrico Fire tactical medic team and a member of the Central Virginia All-Hazards Incident Management Team.