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Date: Sep 9, 2020

Jay Ringgold, Baltimore County's Director of Homeland SecuritJay Ringgold, Ret. Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Managementy and Emergency Management, has retired after nearly 35 years of service with the Baltimore County Fire Department.

The HSEM directorship is the second-highest rank in BCoFD, equivalent to Assistant Chief; and serving in that capacity made Ringgold the department's highest-ranking African-American member.

Ringgold joined BCoFD in 1985. Over the years he was assigned to stations in Brooklandville, Catonsville, Eastview and Essex.

In 2003, he was one of two firefighters trapped in rubble following a natural gas explosion on Chalcot Square in Essex. The fire chief at that time, John J. Hohman, said it was "a miracle" that the two firefighters survived. The BCoFD Commendations Board awarded Ringgold the Purple Heart and the Silver Star -- the department's second highest award -- for his role in that incident.

Ringgold has been actively involved in Emergency Management operations, including management of the Emergency Operations Center, since 2006. 

In January 2019, he was appointed the County's Director of Emergency Management by Governor Larry Hogan. 

Photo of a Baltimore County school crossing guard.The Baltimore County Police Department needs men and women to serve as school crossing guards. If you have been thinking of a way to become more involved in your community while getting paid to do so, this is the time to act. Parents, grandparents, college students or anyone who wants to help insure the safety of children to and from school are encouraged to apply.

  • The pay is $13.70 per hour and the time commitment is only two hours daily, Monday through Friday.
  • When schools have off due to inclement weather, so do you, without loss of pay.
  • You incur paid leave as you gain years of experience.
  • You may receive paid national and state holidays from September through June.
  • Equipment and uniforms are free of charge.

Those wishing to apply to the Baltimore County Police Department for the position of crossing guard need to be at least 18 years old. All applicants will undergo a background check, including fingerprinting and a medical screening.

This is the perfect part-time job for stay-at-home parents, retirees and those with a little extra time in the morning and afternoon. The best part of the job is the satisfaction of knowing that you play a major role in keeping the children in your neighborhood safe in their travels.

Additional information about the School Guard Team and how to apply to become a Baltimore County crossing guard are available online.

Revised June 27, 2017