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For Immediate Release: September 4, 2014


Randy Keaton

Interim Executive Director

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Tel: (757) 420-8300

Fax: (757) 523-4881

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Mr. John Sadler Named HRPDC Emergency Management Administrator


Mr. Sadler's experience in Hampton Roads and familiarity with the region's Emergency Preparedness Stakeholders led to promotion to top Emergency Management position at HRPDC.  

Chesapeake, VA - The HRPDC is pleased to announce that Mr. John Sadler has been promoted to Emergency Management Administrator. Mr. Sadler previously held the title of Senior Regional Homeland Security Planner. He is a 2007 graduate of the College of William and Mary, and while working full-time for the HRPDC, he gained his Master's degree (Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership) from The George Washington University in 2012. He assumes his new duties on September 4, 2014.

John joined the HRPDC's Emergency Management staff in 2007 as a Regional Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Planner where he served as a liaison between federal and state officials and local stakeholders on matters concerning homeland security and emergency management. He coordinated and facilitated working relationships and formal agreements between multiple agencies, and coordinated the region's UASI program including administering all aspects of the homeland security grant process. More recently, as a Senior Regional Homeland Security Planner, he continued his UASI duties and supported other homeland security, emergency management, and hazard mitigation initiatives. In addition, he has provided staff support to regional committees including
the Urban Area Work Group (UAWG), the Regional Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee (REMTAC), and the Hampton Roads Interoperability Communications Advisory Committee (HRICAC). As a result of his experience, Mr. Sadler understands Hampton Roads' unique challenges and his familiarity with the region's Emergency Preparedness Stakeholders provides a level of trust no other candidate could offer. His promotion affords continuity in regional emergency planning and forward momentum.

As Emergency Management Administrator, Mr. Sadler will
serve as an advocate of emergency management, homeland security and hazard mitigation initiatives and support the HRPDC, REMTAC, and UAWG for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). As Administrator of the HRPDC Emergency Management Department he will supervise professional and technical personnel and work with varying groups and agencies inside and outside of governments to promote cooperation and understanding of emergency management, homeland security and hazard mitigation principles. Mr. Sadler will be instrumental in securing grants for emergency management programs and the management of those programs.

About the HRPDC:
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), one of 21 Planning District Commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a regional organization representing this area's 17 local governments. Planning District Commissions are voluntary associations and were created in 1969 pursuant to the Virginia Area Development Act and a regionally executed Charter Agreement. The HRPDC was formed in 1990 by the merger of the Southeastern Virginia Planning District Commission and the Peninsula Planning District Commission. The HRPDC represents over 1.6 million people in the 17 localities of Hampton Roads, Virginia, including the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, the town of Smithfield, and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, and York.