Get to know the new Office of Emergency Management Director 

The King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) welcomes their new director, Brendan McCluskey. Brendan comes to King County from the State of New Jersey, where he was the director of emergency management for their state health department.

Brendan has more than two decades of experience in government, emergency management, homeland security, and public health. Before joining New Jersey state government, Brendan was the deputy emergency management director for the state of Maryland, and led the emergency management program for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Programs under Brendan’s leadership included BioWatch, medical materiel management (such as the State Stockpile, Chempack, and the Strategic National Stockpile), Health Command Center, emergency and continuity planning, training and exercises, situational awareness and resource management, regional emergency coordinators and healthcare coalitions, infrastructure protection, and intelligence.

Brendan already is familiar with King County OEM, as he was the on-site assessment team leader for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), which OEM achieved in 2017. His positive impression of the OEM program and staff is what led him to apply for the position.

Brendan is looking forward to being part of a team that promotes quality, flexibility, and innovation. He will be key to our efforts to further enhance standard work at OEM, approach emergency management with an equity lens, and prepare us for EMAP reaccreditation in 2022.