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Palo Alto names interim emergency services coordinator

Richard Mallonee brings extensive experience in disaster preparedness

Richard Mallonee, chairman of Santa Clara County's Emergency Managers Association, has been named Palo Alto's office of emergency services (OES) interim coordinator, City Manager James Keene announced Friday (Nov. 19).

Mallonee is being brought in from outside the city and was recommended by people working at the Emergency Managers' Association, police Chief Dennis Burns said.

Mallonee replaces Suzan Minshall, a fire apparatus operator and emergency medical technician in the city's fire department who served on an interim basis for nearly a year. Minshall recently returned to her position at fire station 2.

Mallonee has an extensive background in OES and disaster preparedness and has served in a variety of capacities with the American Red Cross and on committees with the county Emergency Managers' Association.

He has worked with disaster-response teams for Hurricane Katrina, the Summit Fire, Hummingbird Fire and the San Bruno explosion, among other disasters.

He is also a certified first responder and certified instructor for the National Incident Management System (NIMS), California's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the Incident Command System. He is currently finishing work on his emergency manager certification.

The city has hired a consultant to look at all of the city's emergency-management functions and how the different departments are integrated both within the city and regionally, Burns said.

Keene said Mallonee will earn $50.90 per hour and will work at least until the city's OES reorganization study is completed in early 2011.

"OES has been in transition for quite some time. I'm looking forward to the results of our study so that we can restructure OES to best meet the long-term needs of the community," he said.

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