With over 40 years’ experience managing incidents and crises, Greg brings broad experience from a law enforcement and response career that included serving in multiple Colorado municipalities as the Chief of Police in Vail, Grand Junction, and Silverthorne and Deputy Chief in Breckenridge. In these capacities, he managed first line responders and developed a multitude of community response plans and programs. In addition, assignments throughout his career in law enforcement have made him a well spoken representative, able to distill complex issues into easily understood concepts.
Returning after a short-hiatus, Greg spent his time away from EMSI serving as an Operations Section Chief on FEMA’s National Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT). In addition to teaching ICS-300 and 400 keystone courses, he deployed numerous times in support of hurricanes in Louisiana and Puerto Rico, multiple COVID responses, and surge operations to support unaccompanied children on the southern border.
In his previous role with EMSI, Greg served as a senior level advisor, subject matter expert, and consultant to the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Operations and Exercises program and emergency management leadership concerning policy issues dealing with developing, training and exercising an Emergency Operations Center staff for immediate support of radiological, nuclear, man-made and natural disasters.
Over the last fifteen years, Greg has been active in the Northwest Colorado Incident Management Team (IMT) and Team Rubicon as an Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, and Planning Section Chief, responding to multiple large scale responses/exercises and managing emergency management strategies. Notably during his time with Team Rubicon, he served as the Incident Commander responding to the 2015 Wimberley (TX) flood, where the Blanco River rose 33 feet in less than three hours and 12 people unfortunately could not escape its deadly rise.
As a Chief of Police in three jurisdictions and Assistant Chief of Police in another, Greg was critical to the daily operations of first line responders responsible for the public safety of their communities. Recognizing the importance of alliances with neighboring agencies, he served twice as the President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). Greg continuously worked to bring ICS to the law enforcement community, representing the CACP on the Colorado All-Hazard Incident Management Team Training and Certification Advisory Committee and the Incident Management Teams and Task Book Committees. During the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships, he was appointed the Security Chairman/Incident Commander, responsible for overseeing this 28-day international ski competition with over 90 participating countries. Planning for this event took over three years and led to his command of a unified security force of over 30 federal, state, and local agencies.
Greg has completed his coursework in a PhD program in Public Affairs at the University of Colorado and also holds a Masters of Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado. Indicative of his education and experience, he has additionally worked as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado Springs campuses. Greg is a certified All Hazards Type 3 Incident Commander.