Jerome Hatfield was appointed to serve as the Regional Administrator in FEMA Region II in November 2013. Region II is one of the most risk-prone regions in the United States. As Regional Administrator he is responsible for managing all aspects of emergency management for the States of New York and New Jersey; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands; as well as the Native American Tribes in the Region. Mr. Hatfield’s experience as Deputy State Director for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has fostered a “customer-first” approach and he drives the Region towards providing customer satisfaction, while integrating resource and technical support to all Stakeholders. Mr. Hatfield emphasizes the value of partnership and has actively engaged traditional and non-traditional stakeholders seeking new and innovative approaches in addressing current and future crisis, risk and threat. He sees emergency management as the cornerstone of homeland security and strives to apply the better practices, lessons learned and innovations to succeed against the threat of natural, technological or man-made crisis. The Region will continue focusing on progressive interactive collaborations with the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations as well as members of the community.
Lieutenant Colonel and Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security Jerome Hatfield is a 27 year veteran of the New Jersey State Police where he commanded more than 800 enlisted, professional and administrative staff, and as the Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security oversaw more than 80 state and federal grant programs. Hatfield has served as a member of the National Advisory Council to FEMA, and Chairman to the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) responsible for conducting nationwide assessments of State, Territorial, federal and local emergency management and homeland security programs. Additionally, he has led EMAP liaisons to Kenya in support of international assessments conducted in conjunction with the Department of Defense (U.S. African Command) and the Center for Disease and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM).
In September 2005, Hatfield was deployed to the State of Louisiana with over 600 New Jersey responders in support of Hurricane Katrina response efforts. He was designated incident commander during Operation LEAD (Louisiana Emergency Assistance Deployment). Hatfield holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Post Graduate School, Executive Leader’s Program. Mr. Hatfield is a veteran of the United States Army. He is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), awarded by Farleigh Dickinson University.