Acting director named for FEMA’s Miss. recovery office

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Jeff Byard, who recently oversaw FEMA’s Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in Alabama, has been named the acting director of the FEMA-Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office in Biloxi.

The appointment was announced by Gil Jamieson, deputy director for Gulf Coast Recovery for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Jamieson said in a statement that Byard “knows state and FEMA programs inside and out. He brings many years of experience working with FEMA, and has a commitment to customer service to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina that is exemplary.”

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Before working with FEMA in Alabama, Byard had served as recovery branch chief for Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency for four years.