The HRPDC recently promoted Mr. John Sadler to Emergency Management Administrator and he assumed the duties of the position on September 4, 2014. The Administrator position had been vacant since Mr. Curtis Brown left the HRPDC in June for a position at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Mr. Sadler previously held the title of Senior Regional Homeland Security Planner. He is a 2007 graduate of the College of William and Mary, and gained his Master’s degree (Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership) from The George Washington University in 2012.
John joined the HRPDC’s Emergency Management staff in 2007 as a Regional Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Planner where he served as a liaison between federal and state officials and local stakeholders on matters concerning homeland security and emergency management. More recently, as a Senior Regional Homeland Security Planner, he continued his UASI duties and supported other homeland security, emergency management, and hazard mitigation initiatives. In addition, he has provided staff support to regional committees including Urban Area Work Group (UAWG), Regional Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee (REMTAC), and Hampton Roads Interoperability Communications Advisory Committee (HRICAC). As a result of his experience, Mr. Sadler understands Hampton Roads’ unique challenges and his familiarity with the region’s Emergency Preparedness Stakeholders provides a level of trust no other candidate could offer. His promotion affords continuity in regional emergency planning and forward momentum.
As Emergency Management Administrator, Mr. Sadler will serve as an advocate of emergency management, homeland security and hazard mitigation initiatives and supervise professional and technical personnel and work with varying groups and agencies inside and outside of governments to promote cooperation and understanding of emergency management, homeland security and hazard mitigation principles. Mr. Sadler will be instrumental in securing grants for emergency management programs and the management of those programs.