Marion County Announces New Emergency Management Director

Posted on February 4, 2023

SALEM, OR – Marion County announces Gregory Walsh as the new Emergency Management Director.

Walsh comes to Marion County with 14 years of Emergency Management experience. He most recently held the position of Emergency Preparedness Manager for the City of Salem. While there, he was responsible for city-wide emergency planning and management of the Emergency Operations Center for emergency response coordination between city departments and external partners.

“I am excited to take on this new role and continue to build emergency preparedness in our community,” said Walsh. “This role presents an opportunity for me to share my experience to help everyone on their worst days,” said Walsh.

The Marion County Emergency Management Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the county’s all-hazards response programs. The director is responsible to deploy disaster operations during a declared emergency, disaster, or homeland security incident.

“Greg is an established leader in our community who understands the needs of Marion County’s cities and rural communities,” said Brian Nicholas, Director of Marion County Public Works. “Greg played a leading role responding to the 2018 water crisis, 2020 wildfires, 2021 ice storm, 2022 South Salem wildfire and so many other emergencies.”

Walsh began his new role as Emergency Management Director on January 23, 2023.

“In his role with the City of Salem, Greg has been an outstanding partner to Marion County in times of need,” continued Nicholas. “I could not be more excited to see Greg assume the leadership of Marion County’s emergency management program where his energy and know-how will benefit communities throughout the county.”

You can find more information on Emergency Management in Marion County here.

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