By Shannon Arledge, CDP public affairs
FEMA National Preparedness Directorate’s and National Training and Exercise Division announced Charles “Mike” King as the new Superintendent for the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
King was sworn in as the new CDP Superintendent Dec. 16. He has been the acting superintendent at the CDP since May 2013. Tony Russell, Director, Training and Education, National Preparedness Directorate, administered the oath, as Mrs. Beth King held the Bible.
“I am humbled and proud to be selected as the Superintendent of the CDP,” said King. “The CDP has enjoyed strong leadership over its history, and I am honored to be a part of that tradition. The CDP mission to train emergency response personnel across the nation is more vital than ever in today’s world. I am privileged to continue to lead a staff of immensely talented individuals who work daily to achieve a high standard of excellence in all operations, and I am confident that the CDP’s role as a premier national training center will continue to grow and develop as a result of their unparalleled efforts.”
“We are honored and excited about the future of the CDP,” said Russell. “It was a wide search and we selected the best person possible. The CDP is a national asset and important to FEMA’s response and training mission. Mike will ensure the future of that mission.”
Mr. King joined the CDP in 2005 as the Director of Operations and Support after working seven years as a contract consultant to the United States Army. In October 2008, he was appointed as CDP Deputy Superintendent serving as the Chief Operating Officer for oversight and management of CDP. Mr. King retired from Army service in 1997, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years in the Military Police Corps.
Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Originally from Macon, Georgia, Mr. King is married and has three children and four grandchildren.