After nearly 20 years of public service, Deputy Chief Clarence “Chip” Jewell has announced his retirement as the director of the Frederick County Division of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services, effective Dec. 31. Over the decades, Mr. Jewell has seen dramatic changes in the fire and rescue service.
He began his county career in 1972 as a dispatcher with Frederick County Central Alarm. He also worked in communications for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services and had over 20 years in the insurance industry as an insurance agent and insurance education instructor.
Mr. Jewell returned to county government in 2003 as the first director of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service. In 2006, he was promoted to director of the Department of Emergency Communications. In 2014, he returned to the volunteer services as the chief/director of the newly created Division of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service.
“Chip has been an incredible asset through the years, with an extensive knowledge of Frederick County’s volunteer system that is unmatched,” County Executive Jan Gardner said. “He will be greatly missed.”