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Summit County has new emergency manager

After nearly five months of the Summit County emergency manager position being vacant, long-time Park City resident Christopher Crowley has been appointed to the position.

Crowley said his new role is "very much in line with my past experiences as a large event planner."

"Communication, coordination and pre-planning are some of the key elements of the job," Crowley said. "But first and foremost, my job will be to ensure that we have plans in place should there be an emergency."

Crowley started the part-time position on Monday, March 16. The position has been vacant since Kevin Callahan retired in October 2014.

As emergency manager, Crowley said he will be tasked with creating plans to handle any incidents that would require a multi-agency response. He said those plans would ensure there is communication across various agencies to address any incidents.

"I will be working with the Park City police and the Summit County sheriff to maintain those agreements and ensuring we are up to date to address the various issues we may be faced with," Crowley said, adding there will be significant challenges as the seasons change.

Fires will be "one of the major challenges we will face this summer," he said.

"We want to make sure our residents are aware of and prepared for wildfires," he said. "They also should be aware that Summit County, Park City and the other cities and townships have emergency planning in place for their respective areas and residents should just become educated. We’ve got a great, great team of first response agencies who are highly trained and prepared.

"Residents should be very happy to have these professionals working in our community," he added.

Crowley graduated from San Francisco State University. He has lived in Park City since 2000.

He was the general manager for the 2002 Olympic Games at Park City Mountain Resort and worked on the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Crowley was involved with the county’s Readiness Initiative, which is a program with the federal government to prepare for emergency mobilization. He has also been responsible for the operations of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival since 2003.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher announced Crowley’s appointment to the Summit County Council on Wednesday.

"He is a very qualified individual to lead that office," Fisher told the council.

For more information about emergency management, go to http://summitcounty.org/560/Emergency-Management or contact Crowley at (435) 333-1532.


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