of Investigative Programs
J. Michael Zeigler
(240) 777-2248 Office
(240) 777- 6125 Fax
The office of Investigative Programs was created in 1998 through
Section 21 of the County Code, which also reorganized the Fire
and Rescue Service. The purpose of the Office of Investigative
Programs, as outlined in Section 21, is, "monitoring compliance
with law and County and Commission policies, regulations and
procedures and investigating matters assigned by the Administrator
or the Commission."
Investigative Programs has four main
areas of responsibility. These are:
Internal Affairs Investigations
New Applicant Background Investigations
Human Relations- EEO Investigations and Training
Auditing "Local Fire Rescue Department
tax funds" and "Mediation/Dispute Resolution"
To maintain and enhance the quality and integrity
of fire and rescue service provided to the citizens of Montgomery
County. In addition, Investigative Programs will strive to
create a work environment free from harassment, discrimination
and inappropriate conduct in order to allow all personnel
to achieve their highest level of performance.
- We will insure that a comprehensive, timely
and objective investigation is conducted into all allegations
of misconduct that come to our attention.
- Investigative Programs will be proactive in
identifying issues that may impact on the integrity, morale
and efficiency of the MCFRS. Once identified these issues will
be dealt with aggressively through training, monitoring and
- All potential employees will be thoroughly
screened through a comprehensive and exhaustive background investigation.
The objective of the screening will be to provide the Service
with members of the highest moral integrity.
- Issues of diversity will be carefully monitored
to make sure that the MCFRS is an environment that respects
all employees and recognizes the importance of professional
and proper behavior when dealing with members of different race,
color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex,
marital status, sexual orientation and disabling conditions.
Members of the Investigative Programs
Battalion Chief Eric Houston
Phone # 240-777-2254
EEO Online Course Registration
Anyone choosing to file a complaint
or contact Investigative Programs is encouraged to do so by calling
the office at 240-777-2243.