News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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OES Director Appointed to State Mutual Aid Advisory Committee
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – The California Office of Emergency Services has appointed City of Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services Director Ken Dueker to serve on one of California's Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committees.

Dueker will represent small municipalities (cities with populations of less than 100,000 residents) on the committee for Region II, one of six mutual aid regions in the state for the California Office of Emergency Services.  Region II, which encompasses 16 counties, 151 incorporated cities, and a total population in excess of eight million people, stretches along the western portion of California from Monterey County to Del Norte County, and includes the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Along with other emergency management professionals from state, county, and local governments, Dueker joins a committee that helps to coordinate the response to hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, floods, pandemics, and terrorism.  Dueker will continue to work full-time in Palo Alto, and will attend quarterly meetings as part of his new responsibilities on the committee.

Dueker began his career with the Palo Alto Police Department as a reserve police officer in 1999.  After working in the patrol and detective divisions, he was later assigned to work full-time on disaster planning, emergency management, and community preparedness.  In 2011, Dueker was tapped to be the head of the newly-created Office of Emergency Services, a City of Palo Alto public safety department that works in close collaboration with the Police Department and Fire Department.  OES coordinates the Emergency Services Volunteer Program, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, and the Neighborhood & Block Preparedness Coordinator Program.

Dueker has positioned the City of Palo Alto as a leader in emergency management, and has taken a leadership role in regional collaborative public safety efforts (to include, most recently, Super Bowl 50 and San Francisquito Creek Multi-Agency Coordination).  He holds a doctorate in law from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Pomona College.  He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  His photo is attached.