Seattle, WA -- David L. de Courcy announced his resignation as regional director of Region X for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) effective January 20, 2001.
De Courcy was appointed to the post by President Clinton in June of 1995 and has served at his discretion since that time. It is a course of protocol for presidential appointees to tender their resignations near the end of the president's term, allowing the next president to make their own appointments to key positions in the federal government. De Courcy's resignation coincides with President Clinton's last day in office.
"I have seen David work directly with communities throughout the state who had been shocked by the impacts of natural disasters. After the floods and landslides of 1996 and 1997, he set up recovery teams that involved local, state, and federal officials as well as citizens, all working tirelessly to help put things back together and get people back on their feet," said Senator Patty Murray. "David's dedication to his job has made a real difference for individuals and communities during some very difficult times."
"David came to New Mexico during a very difficult period for all of us, following the Cerro Grande Fire," said Senator Pete Dominici. "He spent countless hours working with affected communities and citizens to ensure the recovery process got off to the right start. I thank him for his leadership and determination during the crisis and its aftermath."
"Under the leadership of Director James Lee Witt nationally, and David de Courcy in the Pacific Northwest, FEMA has more clearly defined its role in helping communities prepare for inevitable disasters. Through their leadership, the agency has become widely recognized throughout government for its professionalism and for its dedication to a critical life-saving mission," said Congressman Norm Dicks. "I have been particularly impressed by David's abilities and I was a strong supporter of his appointment to the Region X post. He has demonstrated great leadership, bringing the federal, state and local governments together with citizens and businesses to build disaster-resistant communities. He has also been visionary in bringing new technologies and innovative approaches into the complex profession of emergency management. Because of his determination and professionalism, I am confident that lives will be spared and losses will be avoided when future disasters strike our Pacific Northwest communities."
"It's been great to have a creative relationship with FEMA Region X under David's l...