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DEM Director completes federal leaders program


March 1, 2013

John Pennington, Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management director, has completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

The goal of the Executive Leaders Program is to enhance senior leaders’ capacity to develop policies and strategies while strengthening working relationships across jurisdictional boundaries. Students focus on interdisciplinary concepts that can be used to improve homeland security.

Pennington was selected for the course because of his extensive experience and recognized leadership in homeland security and emergency management. Pennington is a former FEMA regional director and current adjunct faculty member for FEMA's Emergency Management Institute.

“John’s willingness to continue to improve his skills translates into an emergency management department ready to serve this county,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “Our residents can rest assured that if a disaster strikes, Snohomish County will be prepared to help them.”

Participants met for four one-week intensive sessions during a nine-month period at the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, Calif. The 28 participants represent a snapshot of homeland security across the country and include professionals from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and agencies within it, as well as emergency management, law enforcement, fire safety, state and municipal governments as well as the private sector.

The Executive Leaders Program is part of a series of graduate and executive-level education programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and developed and conducted by the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security.


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