FEMA silent on why CDP head has been replaced again
by Paige Rentz
May 21, 2013 | 3669 views |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After only five months at the helm of the Center for Domestic Preparedness, James “Jim” Smith has departed the Homeland Security training center.

A CDP official confirmed Tuesday that Smith is no longer heading the McClellan facility but would not comment on the circumstances of his departure, referring all questions to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under which the center operates. The Center for Domestic Preparedness trains first-responders and health care professionals to respond to mass casualty events.

FEMA officials did not respond to repeated requests Tuesday for information on the CDP’s leadership change.

Smith came to the CDP on Dec. 17 from the private sector, where he worked for a manufacturing company, according to an announcement of his hiring from the CDP. Smith’s position as superintendent with the CDP follows former federal employment with the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and a career in the U.S. Army, from which he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Mike King has taken over as acting superintendent of the center, where he has worked since 2005, according to his CDP biography. He served as the director of operations and support until he became deputy superintendent in 2008.

Like Smith, King retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel and has served as the military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Army. He is from Macon, Ga.

Staff writer Paige Rentz: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @PRentz_Star.

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