March 2, 2017 (410) 770-8001
In light of Governor Larry Hogan’s appointment of Clay Stamp, Talbot County Director of Emergency Services/Assistant County Manager to lead the statewide effort to combat the heroin, opioid and fentanyl epidemic, the Talbot County Council will be appointing Brian LeCates to serve as Acting Director of Emergency Services. Mr. LeCates has worked with the County since 2002 and currently serves as Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services. Jennifer Williams, President, Talbot County Council, noted, “Mr. LeCates previously served in this capacity in 2015 and performed admirably in leading one of the County’s largest departments. Brian has the full support of the Council and we thank him for his leadership.” Ms. Williams further added, “We support Clay in his expanded role with the Governor and take great pride that he was recognized to lead such an important effort.” Mr. Stamp will be taking a leave of absence from his role as Talbot County Director of Emergency Services/Assistant County Manager in order to devote his attention to the epidemic. He will continue to serve as a resource to both the County Council and the Emergency Services Department.
With respect to Mr. Stamp’s role at the state level, Governor Hogan announced the signing of an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency which will delegate emergency powers to state emergency management officials, to be coordinated by Mr. Stamp who has served as Senior Emergency Management Advisor under Governor Hogan since July 2015. The declaration by Governor Hogan activates the emergency management authority and function of the state and enables increased coordination between the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and local jurisdictions’ emergency managers. Additionally, Governor Hogan announced a supplemental budget of $10 million per year for the next five years to support the prevention, recovery and enforcement efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
For further information contact the Talbot County Manager’s Office at 410-770-8010.
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