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Seamus Leary

Seamus K. Leary

Seamus Leary serves as a Federal Coordinating Officer of FEMA Region II, which encompasses the States of New Jersey and New York, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands and the Native American Tribes in the Region.

When appointed by the FEMA Administrator or Deputy Administrator, on behalf of the President, Leary deploys to the site of a presidentially-declared disaster or emergency to manage the Federal response, recovery and mitigation operations. He establishes the Federal presence at the disaster site, and together with the State Coordinating Officer, implements response and recovery operations. Leary ensures a coordinated effort with involved Federal, State and local government agencies as well as charities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.

Leary joined FEMA after 12 years of public service to Orange County, New York. From 2007 to 2014 he served as Deputy Commissioner, Division of Emergency Management, Orange County Department of Emergency Services, coordinating disaster response and emergency management activities for nearly 400,000 residents. From 2002 to 2007 he served as Director of Public Health Emergency Response, Orange County Department of Health, responsible for planning and coordinating public health emergency response activities in the event of a terrorist attack or other imminent threat to the health and safety to county residents. 

Earlier in his career, Leary served five years in the U.S. Army. Among his assignments, he served as a Highway Operations Officer, managing the safe and efficient operation of a multi-national transportation network operating throughout Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy and Bosnia. In this role he supervised the movement of over five million tons of cargo transported over 28 million miles, including the movement of critical supplies for international disaster relief operations and refugee assistance.

Leary holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College School of Management, Poughkeepsie, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Norwich University Military College of Vermont, Northfield, Vermont. He is a Certified Emergency Manager and member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and is a FEMA Level I Professional Continuity Practitioner.

Current as of July 28, 2016

Last Updated: 
04/04/2018 - 16:01