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Duval gets new emergency preparedness director

12:57 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown on Monday appointed a former FEMA administrator and Secret Service agent to be Duval County's next emergency preparedness director.

Steven Woodard served in several different administrative roles in different divisions of FEMA, including Response Directorate and the Operations Management Division.

During his time in the Secret Service, Woodard was the Special Agent in Charge at the Richmond, Va., field office, according to a release from the city. He has also been involved in emergency management for big events such as Super Bowl XXXVI and the 54th Presidential Inauguration.

"I look forward to serving the citizens and first responders of Jacksonville as we work together as a community to enhance our preparedness capabilities," said Woodard. "I am honored the mayor has offered this opportunity and I hope to leverage my past experiences supporting state and local governments during numerous disasters, to ensure that our community is prepared for all hazards."

Mayor Brown said Woodard's federal experience will be an asset to the city's emergency preparedness efforts.

"Steven brings years of valuable experience to the table from his time at FEMA and the U.S. Secret Service," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "Jacksonville enjoys an excellent reputation for being a leader in emergency response. Steve's leadership and federal expertise will be a valuable addition to our public safety and emergency management teams."



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