GOVERNOR RENDELL APPOINTS ADRIAN R. KING, JR. DIRECTOR OF THE PENNSYLVANIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Will continue to serve as the Governor’s Principal Advisor on Public Safety and Homeland Security
HARRISBURG: Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the appointment of Adrian R. King, Jr. as Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). King, 37, currently serves as the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing the Commonwealth’s public safety, homeland security, and criminal justice agencies.
“Since my inauguration, Adrian has served as my day-to-day and emergency point of contact with those state agencies charged with keeping our Commonwealth safe and prepared for all emergencies,” Governor Rendell said. “He has served effectively as my principal advisor and coordinator in the areas of public safety and homeland security, and in addition to his new responsibilities at PEMA, I look forward to him continuing to serve me in that capacity.”
King will replace David Sanko who is leaving the state to become Chief Operating Officer of Bucks County, PA.
“Dave Sanko was steadfast, dedicated and tireless in his work,” Governor Rendell said. “He leaves an excellent platform from which to continue our efforts to keep the Commonwealth safe and prepared.”
“Over the past two years I have forged strong and cooperative working relationships with all of the cabinet secretaries charged with public safety and homeland security functions in the Commonwealth,” King said. “I look forward to building further on these valued relationships, and to working closely with our federal and local emergency management and law enforcement partners to ensure the protection and safety of all Pennsylvanians.”
King was appointed Special Assistant to the Governor in January 2003, and named Deputy Chief of Staff in October 2003. While at the Governor’s Office, King’s primary responsibility has been the oversight of the Commonwealth’s public safety, homeland security, and criminal justice policy and operations. In this capacity, he served as the Governor’s chief advisor and liaison to Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security, State Police, State Fire Commissioner, Emergency Management Agency, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (including the Pennsylvania National Guard), Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole, and the Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
King has advised the Governor in a variety of situations involving homeland security and disasters, both natural and man-made. From the elevation of the national terrorist threat level from yellow-elevated to orange-high on five occasions, to the deployment of the National Guard and State Police to critical infrastructure sites; from severe weather events including blizzards, floods and tornados, to man-made disasters, such as the August 14, 2003 U.S.-Canada power blackout, King’s experience in the field of emergency management is wide ranging.
About the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency:
PEMA is the emergency preparedness and response agency under the direction of the Governor. It is responsible for the coordination of all available Commonwealth resources to support county and local governments in the areas of civil defense, disaster mitigation, preparedness, planning, and response to and recovery from emergencies of any kind, natural or man-made. The agency employs approximately 170 persons and has a budget of more than $100 million.