U.S. Center for Domestic Preparedness hires new superintendent

The U.S. Center for Domestic Preparedness recently announced that Charles "Mike" King would be hired as the CDP's new superintendent.

The CDP, which serves under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Preparedness Directorate and the National Training and Exercise Division, swore King in as the new superintendent on December 16. King served as the acting superintendent at the CDP since May.

Tony Russell, the director of training and education for the National Preparedness Directorate, administered the oath.

"We are honored and excited about the future of the CDP," Russell said. "It was a wide search and we selected the best person possible. The CDP is a national asset and important to FEMA's response and training mission. Mike will ensure the future of that mission."

King joined the CDP in 2005 as the director of operations and support. He previously served as a contract consultant to the U.S. Army. King said he was humbled and proud to be selected as the CDP's superintendent.

"The CDP has enjoyed strong leadership over its history, and I am honored to be a part of that tradition," King said. "The CDP mission to train emergency response personnel across the nation is more vital than ever in today's world. I am privileged to continue to lead a staff of immensely talented individuals who work daily to achieve a high standard of excellence in all operations, and I am confident that the CDP's role as a premier national training center will continue to grow and develop as a result of their unparalleled efforts."