Gloucester hires new emergency coordinator
Paul Long, deputy emergency management coordinator for York County, was recently hired as Gloucester’s emergency management coordinator.
Long, who has held the position in York since 2008, is a Certified Emergency Manager, holds the Virginia Professional Emergency Manager designation, and has a master’s degree in public administration, according to county spokesperson Christi Lewis. She said Long has also had substantial training in emergency management, as well as experience in the fire and life safety aspects of emergency response and management.
"I am pleased that Paul Long will be joining our staff," said Brenda Garton, Gloucester’s county administrator. "This position is a very important one in the county’s overall emergency preparedness. It will be a tremendous asset to our community to have an energetic new emergency management coordinator whose experience in emergency preparedness and response, grant management and in the fire and rescue community will benefit our local efforts. Due to his years in the field, Long also brings well-established contacts in emergency management across the Commonwealth of Virginia."
"It is an honor to accept this position," said Long, who officially begins his new duties on Jan. 1. "I am excited about the opportunity to serve the board of supervisors and the citizens and businesses of Gloucester County while working closely with county administration and staff, as well as my colleagues in the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, Gloucester and Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue departments, staff, volunteers, and local, regional and state emergency management officials."