Monday, May 09, 2005

emergency management and preparedness

When the resolution on the public safety committee was proposed in hopes of making an appointed chief attractive, it was added as an after thought that the committee should recommend the "director of emergency preparedness". A search of the City Charter, Code of Ordinances, city website, 2004 city budget, and the texas statutes has failed to turn up a position with that title. There is an emergency management director for the city as described in the code of ordinances here. The problem is that by ordinance, the emergency management director is the Mayor or in his absence the Mayor pro-tem. That might be a problem. Just who was this committee supposed to be recommending? They can't recommend the emergency management director. Maybe they mean the crisis/emergency management coordinator which is part of the same ordinance and works in the risk management office and oversees the daily operation of the emergency management program. Read the ordinance and see if that makes sense to you.

Should I ask what they were thinking? Isn't it about time the city government took a real hard look at public safety instead of just guessing? These are my thoughts. What are yours.

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