Ashley named emergency management coordinator

Chesterfield County has named Emily Ashley the new emergency management coordinator. Ashley, the former emergency management coordinator for Gloucester County, began her new job in Chesterfield County Aug. 8 following the recent retirement of Curt Nellis. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University, and completed her bachelor’s at Missouri State University.

The emergency management coordinator is responsible for disaster preparedness, management of the Emergency Operations Center, and mitigation for hazardous-materials incidents and natural and man-made disasters. Ashley also will maintain the county’s Emergency Operations Plan and will track potential disasters such as winter storms, hurricanes and other severe weather, among other responsibilities. The emergency management coordinator reports directly to the chief of the Department of Fire and EMS.

County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier appointed Ashley based on the interview panel’s recommendation. Her appointment also was approved by the Board of Supervisors.

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