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Snyder makes appointments to emergency response coordinating council

Thursday, May 31, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Richard Royston, of Holt, and reappointed Marc Breckenridge, of Ypsilanti, and Larry Estlack, of Lansing, to the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council.

Housed within the Michigan Department of State Police, the council supports and enhances the state's homeland security, community health, public safety and hazard preparedness efforts.

"The safety and well-being of every Michigan citizen and home is of utmost importance," said Snyder. "I am confident the extensive backgrounds and experiences of these individuals will help the council continue its vital efforts in emergency preparedness."  



Royston serves as fire chief for the Delhi Charter Township Fire Department. Previously, he worked as the township's publicly owned treatment works maintenance inspector and as the director of community development. Royston is a past president of the Lansing Area Safety Council board of directors and is a member of the Ingham County Fire Chiefs, Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and International Association of Fire Chiefs. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baker College in Flint, is a registered building inspector and has completed the National Fire Academy - Executive Fire Officer Program. Royston will represent individuals with technical expertise related to emergency response and replaces Dennis Edwards.



Breckenridge is director of emergency management and homeland security for Washtenaw County, a position he's held since 1992. Previously, he worked as a technical coordinator for Huron Valley Ambulance and an emergency medical technician for Novi Ambulance Service. Breckenridge is a licensed paramedic and a Michigan Department of State Police certified professional emergency manager. He earned a bachelor's degree in hazardous materials and paramedic technology from Siena Heights University and a certificate in leadership and management from Central Michigan University. Breckenridge will continue to represent individuals with technical expertise related to emergency response.


Estlack brings 30 years of experience in radio and technology engineering and serves as the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' director of technology. He oversees the association's technical programs, including the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program for radio and television stations, and is responsible for the engineering hotline. Estlack is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Audio Engineering Society and the Michigan Emergency Managers Association. Estlack is a certified professional broadcast engineer and holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University. He will continue to represent the general public.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2015, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.