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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Today, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein informed the County Executive’s Office of his decision to leave his position after more than 30 years as a firefighter in Montgomery County. Chief Goldstein’s last day with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be Friday, June 30, 2023.  

“Chief Goldstein has given this County so much since he first started with the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department in 1987,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “We have leaned on his expertise and skills as a leader and watched the department grow under his leadership. Over the past few years, Chief Goldstein has worked with me and other County leaders to make this a smooth transition and I thank him for his service to the men and women of MCFRS and the people of this County.” 

Chief Goldstein served as chief for more than 8 years with a focus on expanding, improving, and innovating MCFRS. 

“It is my honor and pleasure to be part of this great department and to have the opportunity to serve as your fire chief,” said Chief Goldstein. “That opportunity would not have been possible without the amazing support of our government: County Executive Marc Elrich, former County Executive Ike Leggett and their executive teams; Chief Administrative Officers Rich Madaleno, Andrew Kleine, and Tim Firestine; our County Council members and their staffs; the leadership of the IAFF, MCVFRA, and LFRDs; and the many agency heads, all of whom have amiably worked with me on a myriad of matters to advance the MCFRS.” 

The Chief began this transition in 2021 when he stated that he intended to retire from MCFRS in September of 2024. Another opportunity nearby to his spouse’s family advanced that timeline. Chief Goldstein has accepted the Fire Chief position for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue in Kelso, Washington and begins that post July 17, 2023.  

“I can’t thank enough the love and support from my mom and dad, my wife Heidi and sons, Logan and Wyatt, who continue to support me in my passion and service, all the while tackling many things without me due to work/service commitments,” said Chief Goldstein. “For that support and love, I am eternally grateful.” 

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Originally, this post indicated Chief Goldstein served 31 years with MCFRS but that was based on paperwork filed in 2021. He graduated from the academy in 1990 making this his 33rd year as an employee. Apologies for the error.

Release ID: 23-141
Media Contact: Scott Peterson 240-255-8462
Categories: Public Safety