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Nathan Dowless has been named Bladen County Emergency Services Director. He will begin his new duties on July 15, 2019.

As Emergency Services Director, Dowless is responsible for overseeing the functions of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Geographic Information Systems/E-911 Addressing, as well as Planning, Building Inspections, and the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Dowless is a life-long resident of Bladen County. He has been active in the fire service for eighteen years, having recently completed a two year term as president of the Bladen County Fire Association. Dowless formerly worked for approximately six years with Bladen County, first in GIS/E-911 Addressing and then in the Tax Office as a real property appraiser. He later served as Fire Services Director at Bladen Community College, where he implemented a strategic plan to achieve the mission of the Fire Services Department. For the past four years, Dowless has been a territory sales executive with C.W. Williams & Co., LLC, having recently won a national award in recognition of outstanding sales of emergency services equipment.

“I am honored to be chosen for this important position. I am excited to build upon the foundation that Bradley Kinlaw and his team built for the citizens of Bladen County”, stated Dowless.

“We are pleased to welcome Nathan Dowless as Bladen County’s new Emergency Services Director” said County Manager Greg Martin. “Nathan brings a passion for emergency services, and, by having established relationships and an understanding of the community, he will be able to hit the ground running. Nathan has a track record of success in previous positions and we are confident that the citizens of Bladen County will be well served by Nathan’s leadership in this important role.”

Dowless lives in Elizabethtown with his wife Ashley and their daughters, Taylor (10) and Tenley (8).