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Janell Myhre to Serve as Director of County of Santa Clara Office of Emergency Services

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Janell Myhre has been tapped to manage the County of Santa Clara Office of Emergency Services. Myhre, who currently serves as the Regional and Local Catastrophic Writer and Emergency Services Plan Coordinator for Marin County, has over 10 years experience in public safety and emergency management with regional and local government jurisdictions and organizations. She has strong emergency management working relationships throughout the State and possesses significant knowledge in emergency planning, exercises, staff training and disaster management for local and regional governments. Previously, Myhre worked with six Marin County Coastal Fire Departments and the Marin County Office of Education coordinating local and community efforts to respond in a disaster.

“Myhre’s range of experience both planning for and responding to disasters makes her an ideal choice to serve as Director of the County’s Office of Emergency Services,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. “She is respected in the field of emergency management and understands the nuances of federal and state coordination requirements.”

Myhre, who is pursuing certification after successfully passing the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) test, serves as Vice President of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Coastal Chapter. She also sits on the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) Advisory Board as an alternate for the California Emergency Management Agency Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committee (MARAC) Coastal Chapter.

Myhre is the primary author of the nation’s first oil spill volunteer plan (Non-Wildlife Volunteer Plan), used in the Deep Water Horizon incident and now being considered for adoption in six states. She was the Exercise Director and Incident Commander of the first post-Cosco Busan oil spill full scale functional exercise, testing and validating unique swift water oil spill strategies at Bolinas Lagoon. Myhre stewarded the development, validation and adoption of the Local Government On Scene Coordinator policy to the San Francisco Bay and Delta Area Contingency Plan.

Myhre has served on oil spill response design teams and participated in National Preparedness for Response Exercise Programs (NPREP) and Spill Management Team (SMT) drills, including the 2011 SeaRiver Maritime/Exxon Mobile, 2011 Polar Tankers/ConocoPhillips, 2010 and 2008 Chevron Richmond, 2009 Meredith Management, 2008 Smith River and 2009, 2010 and 2011 Richmond Inner Harbor Terminal exercises.
Her knowledge of local government made Myhre a valuable contributor as a part of the US Coast Guard Area Command and federal oil spill Unified Command responses. She has been in more than eight local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations, including two Tsunamis, the 2009 H1N1 Flu Pandemic and numerous Winter Storm responses.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to join Santa Clara County’s Office of Emergency Services and look forward to working with the staff, stakeholders and our emergency and disaster response partners in the region,” said Myhre.

Myhre earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Consumer and Family Studies, from San Francisco State University in 1984. She will relocate to Sunnyvale with her two cats - a Tuxedo named Girlie Girl and a Tonkinese named Mufassa. Myhre’s appointment is effective January 2, 2012. Her annual salary will be $108,879.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: December 16, 2011