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Emergency manager honored

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A statewide organization has honored Hugh Daniels for his management of City Hall’s emergency services, a fete that comes at the end of a year in which he played a pivotal role as the municipal government continued its newfound emphasis on planning for numerous sorts of crises.

The Utah Emergency Management Association recognized Daniels as the ‘Member of the Year,’ saying his service included leading an update of the group’s bylaws and running City Hall’s Emergency Operations Center. He received the award at a January convention in Salt Lake City.

"He has done much to help bring more professionalism to the association and we could not be more appreciative of his time and talents," the association says in a newsletter announcing the Daniels selection.

In a prepared statement released by City Hall, Daniels said he is "amazed and honored" by the award.

Daniels is a former member of the Park City Council who was tapped to be the manager of City Hall’s emergency programs in mid-2007. His work was especially noteworthy in 2009, as Park City officials responded to the first cases of the swine flu in the state.

During that episode, schools were closed briefly and some businesspeople worried that the statewide publicity was hurting sales. There was also a run on personal hygiene items like hand sanitizers. Daniels was a key figure as City Hall worked with Summit County and state health officials to stop the spread of the illness.

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Daniels has also been important as City Hall staffers train to respond to emergencies. He has said Park City is susceptible to situations like earthquakes and floods. When he was hired, he said City Hall’s emergency programs at the time were "fair," but he expected them to improve with someone assigned to managing them.

Daniels moved to Park City in the early 1980s and served one term on the City Council, from 1996 until 2000. Prior to moving to Park City, Daniels spent 12 years as a paramedic in Pasadena, Calif., working events like the Super Bowl and the Rose Bowl.