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SPOKANE, WASHINGTON The National Tribal Emergency Management Council announced Monday at its conference it has hired Steve Golubic, the recently retired Director of Tribal Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be Executive Director of the new National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC).
The announcement of Golubic's new duties was made at an afternoon press conference held at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino preceding the 2013 Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC) 10th Annual Tribal Emergency Management Conference.
Golubic, a well known and respected name in Emergency Management in Indian country had this to say about the new duties:
"It is an honor to be selected as the Executive Director for the National Tribal Emergency Management Council). I am very humbled that the Board of Directors and member tribes have placed their confidence and trust in me to lead this tribal organization. The position carries tremendous responsibilities and I take those responsibilities very seriously. I pledge to work with the Executive Board of Directors and member tribes to continue and advance the excellent work they have already accomplished."
"The NTEMC is a leader in assisting tribes with their emergency preparedness programs, training initiatives, and community education. Once I have met with the Board of Directors, we will collectively decide next steps to ensure the goals of the organization are achievable and will incorporate suggestions from membership in that process."
"The annual conference is a great venue to gather information and discuss ideas. I am anxious to begin identifying needs, expanding tribal membership, working with other tribal organizations and meeting the challenges facing tribal emergency managers. I look forward to serving Indian Country in this capacity."
Golubic recently retired as the first Director of Tribal Affairs in the Intergovernmental Affairs Office of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that position, he oversaw the department wide DHS Tribal Consultation Policy and ensured all component agencies within DHS were fulfilling their responsibilities toward tribal consultation. He advised the DHS Secretary's Office on tribal issues for establishing, maintaining, and coordinating a nation-to-nation, federal tribal relationship. Golubic also previously served as the National Tribal Liaison, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters, in Washington DC.
"I am very pleased that Steve has accepted our invitation to serve as the National Executive Director. He truly has national experience and will bring great things to the organization,"
commented Claude Cox, chairman of the NWTEMC-NTEMC and Chief of Police for the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe.
Del Ostenberg from the Colville Tribe and Vice Chairman of the NWTEMC-NTEMC said,
"I am very pleased that Steve has been selected for the position. He has always stood up for the rights of the Native people with great passion and commitment I feel very privileged to have met and gottn to know him and he will truly be an asset to NTEMC."
"After a three year search, multiple interviews and many meetings to discuss the future of the National Tribal Emergency Management Council, I could not be more proud than to announce the appointment of Steve Golubic as the new Executive Director of the NTEMC. Steve is well known and respected throughout Indian country for his previous work with HLS and FEMA and brings vast years of experience, knowledge and wisdom to a position that is much needed in Indian country. We all look forward to our ongoing efforts and continued work with Steve. "
The 10th Annual NWTEMC Tribal Emergency Management and Homeland Security Conference is being held in conjunction with the First Annual National Tribal Emergency Management Conference. Tribal Nation's from across the country were invited as well as representatives from numerous federal, state and industry partners. Many exciting speakers, presentations and activities were planned for all.
For more information on the organization go to: www.NTEMIC.org
posted August 14, 2013 5:30 pm edt