Kevin M. Sligh serves as the Deputy Regional Administrator for FEMA Region V. In this position, his responsibilities include oversight for the operational aspects of preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities in support of the Region’s six Great Lakes states which include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, along with 34 federally recognized tribal nations.
Mr. Sligh previously held the position of Deputy Director, Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy (CG-MER) at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as principal advisor to the Director and oversaw three functional divisions covering human resources, budget, and acquisitions; national spill response planning and policy; industry, interagency, and international coordination; and provided leadership and career development. His most recent field level experience included a deployment in December 2018 as the Coast Guard’s Incident Commander for Emergency Support Function-10 operations in support of Hurricane Michael along the Florida panhandle.
During the 2017 timeframe he successfully completed a seven-month detail at the White House where he served as the Director for Response Policy within the National Security Council Resilience Directorate. His work was crucial to the response and recovery efforts during the 2017 hurricane season where three Category 4 hurricanes struck the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Before transitioning to CG-MER, he served as the Chief, Incident Management & Crisis Response Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he was responsible for the Coast Guard’s development and management of incident management and preparedness policy in support of the National Response Framework and National Contingency Plan. During that time, Mr. Sligh served as the Coast Guard’s Crisis Action Team lead at Coast Guard Headquarters in 2014 during the Ebola crisis, preventing the transmission of the Ebola Virus disease entering the United States via the maritime sector. Prior to that he supported the Coast Guard’s Office of Marine Environmental Response as the Nation’s Area Contingency Plan program manager and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in support of Coast Guard Headquarters from 2012-2013.
During a 24-year active duty and reserve career in the military, Mr. Sligh has had extensive experience in incident management and oil spill response. In 2011, Mr. Sligh served as Deputy Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and had previously played key leadership roles during various deployments to Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2006 and FEMA Joint Field Office deployments in support of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008.
Mr. Sligh enlisted in the U.S. Navy directly out of high school and switched to the Coast Guard in 1992 to complete his active duty career. He attended college part-time throughout his enlisted and commissioned career, earning a bachelor’s degree from the Excelsior College and a Master’s of Business Administration from Northcentral University. Mr. Sligh has been a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) since November 2008.