Former Rep. Larry Flowers, a Canal Winchester Republican, has been named state fire marshal and will begin serving in the new position on April 4.

Flowers was forced from the House by term limits in 2008. Prior to his legislative career, he was fire chief for the Madison Township Fire Department in Franklin County from 1978 to 2000 and has recently been serving as Madison Township administrator. 

As state fire marshal, Flowers will direct the operations of the Bureau of Testing and Registration, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations, Code Enforcement Bureau, Fire Prevention Bureau, Forensic Laboratory, Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau and the Ohio Fire Academy.