Chief David L. Stokes, Sr. started his fire service career in 1972 as a volunteer firefighter at the Eastport Fire Station in Annapolis. In 1979, he transitioned to the career fire service in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Chief Stokes spent more than three decades as a firefighter for Anne Arundel County Fire Department serving in the following capacities: Firefighter, Engineman, Fire Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief, Deputy Chief and Fire Chief. He served as Fire Chief for Anne Arundel County Fire Department from 2006-2008 before his retirement.
Chief Stokes has an Associates Degree in Business and a Certificate in Total Quality Management from the Anne Arundel Community College. He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Fire Science from the University of Maryland University College. He has attended many courses at the National Fire Academy and University of Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute.
Chief Stokes is well respected among firefighters in the City and the County for his professionalism and his ability to build strong relations between career firefighters and volunteers. During his time as Fire Chief in Anne Arundel County, Chief Stokes was recognized for reducing rampant overtime spending and bringing the Department spending under budget for the first time in fifteen years. In previous leadership roles in the County, his service included assignments in Fire Operations, Fire Marshal's Office, Apparatus Maintenance, Training and Logistics.
After a brief retirement, Chief Stokes returned to his fire service roots and became the Chief of the Annapolis Fire Department in June 2010. Chief Stokes is a strong advocate of firefighter safety and works with the IAFF Local 1926 to improve firefighter safety.