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Snyder makes appointments to Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council

Friday, May 3, 2013

LANSING, Mich. ‒ Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Phillip Schertzing, of Lansing, John Cauley, of East Lansing, and William Fales, of Kalamazoo, to the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council.

Housed within the Michigan Department of State Police, the 11-member council develops and implements emergency response and hazard mitigation plans for the state.  The council also acts as the state emergency response commission as required by federal statute.


"These individuals bring years of experience and service in their respective fields, and I appreciate their willingness to represent their fellow Michiganders on this council," said Snyder.


Schertzing is an academic specialist at Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice, where he is responsible for coordinating emergency management and homeland security outreach programs. He previously served 25 years with the Michigan State Police, where he retired as assistant commanding officer in the Emergency Management Division. Schertzing holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies and a master's degree in management from Aquinas College and a Ph.D. in American history from Michigan State University. He replaces William Wagoner.  


Cauley is the longtime CEO of the Mid-Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross. He previously served as president of the Lansing Health Foundation, vice president of public affairs and development for then-named Lansing General Hospital, and as director of the office of volunteer programs at Michigan State University. Cauley earned a bachelor's degree in social science and a master's degree in criminal justice, both from Michigan State University. He will represent the general public and replaces Marcia Varble.


Fales has decades of experience working in emergency medicine, and currently serves as assistant dean for clinical applications at Western Michigan University. He also serves as EMS medical director for the Kalamazoo County Control Authority. Fales received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. He will represent the general public and replaces Stewart Wang.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2016, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.