Governor McAuliffe Names Brett Burdick VDEM’s Top Deputy

December 12, 2016  //  

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has selected Brett Burdick to serve as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) Chief Deputy State Coordinator.

Burdick, who most recently served as VDEM’s deputy coordinator for disaster services, joined the department in 1994 and is a 26-year veteran of state government service. He will serve as the chief deputy to VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern.

“Brett Burdick has had an accomplished career with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. His body of knowledge, reliability and natural leadership are well-suited for his new role in our mission to establish a ready and resilient Virginia,” Stern said.

Before serving as deputy coordinator, Burdick was director of the VDEM Technological Hazards Division for eight years and environmental programs manager for six years. In these roles he respectively oversaw the Commonwealth’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response System and directed the environmental restoration of Virginia’s Emergency Fuel Storage Facility in York County. He has also served as Virginia’s representative on the Southern States Energy Board Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee and managed Virginia’s Terrorism Program, directing the state’s Consequence Management efforts and preparedness for terrorist incidents.

“I am very grateful for this new responsibility and excited to continue helping the Commonwealth be prepared for emergency situations and poised for quick recovery,” Burdick said.

Burdick earned his bachelor’s degree in geology and oceanography from Humboldt State University and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and California State University, Dominguez Hills. He also graduated from the Virginia Executive Institute, is a licensed professional geologist in two states and is certified as both a Hazardous Materials Manager and as an Emergency Manager.
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