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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/19/2010
Subject :

Interim Coordinator Hired to Manage City's Office of Emergency Services
Contact : Dennis Burns, Police Chief and Interim Fire Chief    650-329-2103
Palo Alto, CA – City Manager James Keene announced that Rich Mallonee has been hired to serve as Interim Office of Emergency Services (OES) Coordinator. Suzan Minshall, a Fire Apparatus Operator and Emergency Medical Technician ( EMT) in the City’s Fire Department who served on an interim basis for nearly a year, recently left the position to return to her Fire rotation at Station Two. Mallonee is expected to work at least until the City’s OES Reorganization study is completed in early 2011. He will earn $50.90 per hour. 

"OES has been in transition for quite sometime. I’m looking forward to the results of our study so that we can restructure OES to best meet the long-term needs of the community," said Keene.

Mallonee has an extensive background in OES and disaster preparedness and has served in a variety of capacities with the American Red Cross and on numerous committees with the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers’ Association.

Additionally, Mallonee has been a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor since 2004 in Campbell, Los Gatos and Cupertino.  He holds the position of Chair of the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association (EMA) CERT Sub-Committee, which is currently addressing issues such as standardization of CERT training and forms, forming a CERT instructor pool for the County and creating an effective process for grant funding, to name a few.  He has also been a member of the planning committee for the CERT Countywide Annual Exercise since its inception, and will be the Incident Commander for the upcoming 2011 exercise.

Mallonee has served on the disaster response teams for Hurricane Katrina, the Summit Fire, Hummingbird Fire, and San Bruno Explosion, just to name a few. He has worked with mitigation plans, grants, memorandums of understanding, and emergency operations plans. Mallonee is a Certified First Responder and Certified instructor for National Incident Management System (NIMS), California’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), and the Incident Command System (ICS). He is currently finishing work on his Emergency Manager Certification.