Former director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency named full-time FEMA administrator

  • Source: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
  • Published: 01/15/2020 08:13 PM

The former director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), who has been serving as the acting administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for nearly a year, is now officially leading the national agency. On Tuesday, Peter Gaynor was confirmed as FEMA’s new administrator by the U.S. Senate. Gaynor joined FEMA back in October 2018 as deputy administrator after being tapped for the role a few months prior. He then became the acting administrator in March 2019 when former FEMA Administrator Brock Long retired. Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said Gaynor has proven himself as an “invaluable leader of the agency.” “I look forward to continuing to work with him to support the men and women of FEMA as they carry out their incredible work,” Wolf said.


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