After a 11/2-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."

Haddon has been executive director of the Second Alarmers Association and Rescue Squad of Montgomery County for nine years. He was picked 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 United Way of Bucks County 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 will replace Bill Schofield, who resigned in 2010. Two staff members have handled the duties since then. - Bill Reed