Guthrie to Stay as Emergency Management Chief
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced state Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie will remain in that post as DeSantis begins his second term.
“From the tragic condo collapse in Surfside to the destructive Hurricane Ian, Kevin Guthrie has led emergency response efforts with leadership and skill,” DeSantis said in a Twitter post.
Guthrie, who has been a point man for DeSantis in Southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian, replied “thank you” in a tweet and said “it is my honor to serve the great state of Florida.”
From the tragic condo collapse in Surfside to the destructive Hurricane Ian, Kevin Guthrie has led emergency response efforts with leadership and skill.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 21, 2022
NEW: Kevin Guthrie will remain as the Director of the Florida Division Emergency Management, notably oversaw response to the Surfside collapse and Hurricane Ianhttps://t.co/wTtpIHI1Gh
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) November 21, 2022
“From the tragic condo collapse in Surfside to the destructive Hurricane Ian, Kevin Guthrie has led with leadership & skill. It’s my pleasure to announce that he is returning as the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management in our 2nd term!” https://t.co/72nEYh3pAi
— Kelly McKinney (@kellymnyc) November 22, 2022
Guthrie became director in 2021, replacing Jared Moskowitz, who had spent two years overseeing the state’s response to disasters and COVID-19. Moskowitz, a Democrat from Broward County, was elected to Congress on Nov. 8. Guthrie was deputy director under Moskowitz and previously worked in Flagler and Pasco counties and at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
DeSantis has named three transition chairmen to advise him on appointments going into the second term, which begins in January.
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