Chris Thompson began his career in Public Safety Communications shortly after graduating High School. He was hired by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office December of 1989 as a Police Communications Operator (PCO) and then later transitioned to the Charles County Fire/EMS 9-1-1 Communications. He quickly moved to the rank of Supervisor, where his duties included training and quality assurance. In October 2011, he was very proud to receive a promotion to the position of Assistant Chief in charge of operations.
Throughout his career, Chris has strived to increase his skills and training, achieving numerous local, state and national certifications. Chris’s biggest accomplish is receiving his certification in becoming an Emergency Numbers Professional (ENP). Chris has served on various emergency response teams and has been deployed many times. He has responded to many National Disasters, including two tours in the State of Mississippi, serving as the Deputy Operation Chief working with FEMA during the recovery relief operations following the tragic Hurricane Katrina. Chris was also deployed during Hurricane Gustav as the team lead of an ambulance strike team.
During his career he has served on many statewide committees including the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Systems (MIEMSS) Emergency Medical Dispatch committee and the Maryland National Capital Region 9-1-1 Operation Group, the National Capital Region 9-1-1 Operations Group Vice Chair and many workgroups at the State level. Chris has spent his life protecting and serving he citizens of Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.
In 2018, Chris retired from Charles County Emergency Services after 29 years. He then was hired to serve as the Chief of Communications in the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services; Chris oversees the day to day operations in the 9-1-1 communications. He has spent his short time here dedicated to ensuring that staff have the tools necessary to do the job to include the upgrading of the phone system to Next Generation 9-1-1 that now gives callers to the ability to Text 2 9-1-1.
Chris is happily married to his wife, Robi, and has two sons, Callen and Carson. Chris and his family recently built a home in St. Mary’s County and are actively involved throughout the community and school.