Alabama EMA Director Resigns

Alabama EMA Director Resigns

Governor Bob Riley has accepted the resignation of Bruce Baughman as director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) effective August 10.

"Under Bruce's leadership, the Alabama EMA has been transformed into one of the best state emergency management agencies in the entire nation," said Governor Riley.  "I am grateful for his service to our state and wish him well as he pursues opportunities in the private sector."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my AEMA family for the last four-and-a-half years and I will truly miss them and my extended family in all 67 counties," said Baughman. "However, I am looking forward to the opportunities the future holds."

Baughman was one of the highest-ranking officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency before joining the Riley Administration in 2003.  He is a 32-year veteran of service in emergency management.  Prior to his work at FEMA, Baughman was on the Mississippi EMA staff and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his four-and-a-half years at Alabama EMA, the state has responded to several natural disasters, including hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina.

Governor Riley said the search for a permanent replacement has begun.  Alabama EMA assistant director John D. James will assume responsibility for the agency on August 11 until a replacement is named.