After a 1½-year search for a new chief executive officer and president, the United Way of Bucks County has hired Jamie Haddon of Doylestown to start in February.

"We're lucky to live in Bucks County, and there should be nobody . . . who wants for anything," Haddon, 39, said Monday. "I look forward to fostering new partnerships, finding new funding and ways of funding, and broadening the array of donors."

The nonprofit finances 52 programs provided by 32 agencies, including A Woman's Place, the Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boy and Girl Scouts, and the YMCA and YWCA.

Haddon has been executive director of the Second Alarmers Association and Rescue Squad of Montgomery County for the last nine years. That nonprofit has an annual budget of $5 million, compared with the United Way's $3.5 million to $4.0 million budget, he said.

Haddon was picked from about 80 candidates for his experience with nonprofits, his track record as a fund-raiser, and his familiarity with the county, said Lynn Bush, chairwoman of the board of directors.

The third-generation firefighter, who grew up in Horsham, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Delaware Valley College and a master's degree in public-safety management from St. Joseph's University.

Haddon will replace Bill Schofield, who resigned in 2010. Two staff members have handled the duties since then.

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