County Executive Robert R. Neall officially appointed Paul C. Haigley Jr. county fire administrator Friday.
Haigley, 49, was named acting fire administrator in February. He will earn $82,000 a year.
"Paul is highly respected by his colleagues in the department andby other fire protection professionals in our region," Neall said.
Haigley, who was attending budget hearings at the Arundel Center inAnnapolis Friday, said he was somewhat surprised to hear of the appointment.
"The county executive and I had a conversation a couple of days ago, and he said it would probably be done after the budget process," Haigley said.