Emergency Management Director Lauded at Retirement Ceremony
RALEIGH th Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan presented a Distinguished Service Award, the Governor's Long Leaf Pine Award and a retirement certificate to Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell who retires the end of January.
(Media-Newswire.com) - RALEIGH – Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan presented a Distinguished Service Award, the Governor's Long Leaf Pine Award and a retirement certificate to Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell who retires the end of January.
Shanahan recognized the work of Emergency Management staff and said Governor Pat McCrory understands and strongly believes the business of emergency management is and must be a priority for government at all levels.
“All of you who are part of this emergency management community should take great pride in the system you have built,” Shanahan said. “You are a quality team, and the McCrory administration expects and believes you will continue to maintain and further develop the skills, capabilities, and reputation that you have established.”
A ceremony was held in the Joint Force Headquarters auditorium Jan. 16 where Hoell was honored by state and federal partners who recognized his collaborative efforts, hard work and his remarkable ability to remain calm in the face of disasters.
North Carolina National Guard Colonel Todd Hunt presented Hoell with the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. Other presentations included certificates and medals from the State Highway Patrol, the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Office of State Fire Marshall, the University of North Carolina School of Government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A flag was hung over the United States Capitol in his honor.
Hoell became director of Emergency Management in 2005. He is a 1975 graduate of N.C. State University. His first job with EM was in 1978 as a trainer, then an operations officer. He worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for several years before becoming an area coordinator in 1985 and then an Eastern Branch manager in 1997. He became assistant director of EM in 1998 and was in charge of the operations section.
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