GEMA

Meet Georgia’s new emergency management chief

Meet Georgia’s new emergency management chief

Gov. Brian Kemp tapped a new emergency-management director for the state Tuesday shortly after extending for another two weeks health measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in Georgia. Capt. Chris Stallings, a former state trooper and most recently head of a state Department of Public Safety unit tasked with protecting top elected officials, steps in as director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA), effective immediately. Stallings replaces outgoing GEMA Director Homer Bryson, who retired Tuesday after nearly four decades in public-safety roles including prior tenures overseeing the state’s prison system and wildlife rangers. Bryson’s…
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Kemp to name new state emergency chief

Kemp to name new state emergency chief

Georgia's top emergency official, Homer Bryson, is retiring. Bryson is the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Director. He has held the post since 2016. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will be announcing a new director for the agency tomorrow morning, along with naming a new chief of staff for the agency. If you'd like to see it for yourself, The announcement will be live-streamed at facebook.com/GovKemp, starting at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 1. GEMA is the agency that handles emergency situations like the state's hurricane response and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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