Gov. Haslam appoints new TEMA director

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam announced Tuesday he has appointed Patrick Sheehan as director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Sheehan is currently the operations administrator for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency where he has worked since 2004 in multiple roles.

“Patrick was the top candidate in a nationwide search for a director to lead the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency,” Haslam said in a release. “His experience coordinating the responses to several serious statewide emergencies in Ohio is impressive and he will use those skills to help Tennesseans during times of crisis.”

Sheehan takes over the position from David Purkey, who will return to his role with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. He’s served in dual roles since 2014.

“I am honored by this opportunity and excited to serve the people of Tennessee,” Sheehan said. “TEMA has a great national reputation, and I look forward to working with the TEMA team and Tennessee’s county EMA directors to prepare for, respond to and recover from all disasters.”

Sheehan is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a chemical operational specialist.

He and his wife have three children and will live in the Nashville-area. His first day with TEMA will be June 15.

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