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Chief Deputy State Coordinator Erin Sutton reappointed by Governor Youngkin

This update was published by Communications
Published: May 20, 2022

RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is pleased to announce that Governor Glenn Youngkin has reappointed Erin Sutton as Chief Deputy State Coordinator of Emergency Management for VDEM. Ms. Sutton has served in this position since October 2020 and previously served as Director of the City of Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management.

“We are fortunate to have such a top notch leader that came to us with an extensive background in public service at the local level,” said VDEM State Coordinator Shawn Talmadge. “Erin has been instrumental in strategically leading the agency over the past several years and we are pleased that she has decided to remain with the agency.”

Ms. Sutton has worked in the field of emergency management for the past 15 years. Prior to her role as Emergency Management Director, Erin also held positions with the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, developing the Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps and leading the citywide pandemic planning effort as Emergency Planner. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Radford University and her Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is a Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Floodplain Manager, and has her Project Management Professional certification.


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