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Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Michigan's emergency response coordinating council

Thursday, February 12, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Brad Smith, of Carleton, and the reappointments of Michael Bradley, of Saint Joseph, and Ken Gembel, of Clio, to the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council.

The MCCERCC supports and enhances Michigan's homeland security, community health, public safety, and all hazard preparedness operations by providing planning and leadership, and oversight.

“Emergency response and hazard preparedness are crucial to the safety of all our citizens,” Snyder said. “I thank these appointees for their willingness to serve.”

Smith is a captain and the emergency management coordinator with Dearborn Fire Dept. He worked as lead instructor for the homeland security program at Schoolcraft Community College and has nearly 20 years of public safety experience. Smith earned certifications from Henry Ford Community College, Schoolcraft Community College and Eastern Michigan University. He fills an existing vacancy.

Bradley is chief deputy for the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for more than 20 years. He oversees the enforcement division, emergency management and homeland security and special teams. Bradley serves for the Berrien County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the State of Michigan Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. He earned an associate degree in law enforcement from Lake Michigan College and a bachelor’s degree of applied science in law enforcement from Siena Heights University.

Gembel is retired from General Motors after decades in the automobile industry. He most recently was an environmental manager for General Motors. Gembel is a U.S. Army veteran and served as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Michigan University and Ferris State University. He is certified as a hazardous material emergency response specialist, an industrial storm water operator, and works in underground storage tank remediation.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.