Chief Joseph Pozzo, M.P.A., CFOD, SHRM-CP, Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Assistant Director of Human Resources for Volusia County, Florida

Former Deputy Director, Volusia County Department of Public Protection
Former Director and Fire Chief, Volusia County, Florida
Former Fire Chief, Loudon County, Virginia
Former Fire Chief Portsmouth, Virginia

Joe has a thirty-eight (38) year career in public service. Since 2015, Joe has served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Volusia County, Florida (3,200 employees), where he manages the employee relations, benefits administration, and occupational health services functions and teams, as well as assist the Human Resources director with the management and negotiation of six collective bargaining agreements/units. Joe is also deeply involved in developing and implementing the County’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

Joe took a leave of absence in 2014 from the Center for Public Safety Management to assist the City of Port Orange, FL transition the fire department from the city’s public safety administrative model. While in Port Orange, Chief Pozzo was responsible for the reformation of the fire department to include the operations and management of this career department that delivers fire, EMS first response, and emergency management services to over 56,000 citizens living within 27 square miles.

Joe has served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Protection Volusia County, Florida, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, Medical Examiner, Beach Safety, Corrections, and Animal Services. He was formerly Fire Chief of Volusia County Fire Services, where he developed and implemented a service model designed to introduce EMS transport into the agency, incorporate fleet efficiencies, and enhance the wild land/urban interface efforts.

Prior to Chief Pozzo’s appointment in 2010 in Volusia County, he served as the Chief of the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue. This agency is a combination fire and rescue system providing fire, rescue, and emergency management services in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The fire and rescue system during Chief Pozzo’s tenure provided these services to over 275,000 permanent residents living in 520 square miles of diverse suburban and rural area located within the National Capital Region. Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management services were executed through 450+ career staff and over 1400 volunteer members operating out of nineteen stations.

Prior to his appointment with Loudoun County, Chief Pozzo served as Chief of the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Department. This agency is one of the oldest professional departments on the eastern seaboard and served over 95,000 residents during Chief Pozzo’s tenure. Chief Pozzo also served in the City of Virginia Beach, Va. Fire Department for 19 years reaching the level of Battalion Chief prior to embarking on his career as a Fire Chief/Director.

Joe holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University where he graduated with honors, a B.A. in Public Administration from Saint Leo University and several associate degrees including an AAS in Fire Science and Protective Services and numerous technical certifications. He holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society of Human Resource management (SHRM).