Christopher Herrick of South Hero has been appointed to serve as Director of the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), succeeding Joe Flynn who recently became Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Herrick currently serves as the Chief of Vermont’s Hazardous Materials Response Team at the DPS, a post he has held for the past 16 years. Herrick has also served as a volunteer in the South Hero Fire Department for 25 years and as Chief of that department since 2009. He is a 1988 graduate of St. Michael’s College and earned a Masters’ Degree in Education from the University of Vermont in 1998.
“I’m pleased to have found a Director with an impressive combination of experience in response and leadership,” DPS Commissioner Keith Flynn said. “Director Herrick is a respected member of the Vermont emergency response community because of his years of service as a firefighter and EMT, and for his management of the state HazMat team and Emergency Response Commission.”