Mayor Newsom announces new Executive Director of
the Emergency Communications Department
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
May 23, 2006
San Francisco, CA Mayor Gavin Newsom announced
today that Laura Phillips will be the new Executive Director of
the city and countys Emergency Communications Department.
Ms. Phillips, who is currently the Funding and Project Development
Manager for Motorolas division of Government Relations,
brings more than twenty-five years of emergency services experience
to the new position. In addition to her private sector experience,
Ms. Phillips has extensive experience in the public safety sector,
including more than ten years of public safety communications
experience in the Silicon Valley.
Ms. Phillips selection comes after an exhaustive national
search that was led by city Controller Ed Harrington.
We are very pleased to have Laura as a part of our public
safety team, said Mayor Gavin Newsom. Over the past
100 years, San Francisco has distinguished itself as a city with
an unmatched commitment to the vitality of its emergency services.
Im confident that Executive Director Phillips will be a
proud part of that tradition.
This candidate was selected after an intensive national
search, said City Controller Ed Harrington. There
is no question that the city is getting one of the best and brightest
for our public safety team.
The Emergency Communications Department has more than 230 employees
and a budget of $69.4 million. The department has four divisions
within its administrative structure including: 911 Operations,
Office of Emergency Services, Human Resources and Finance and
Administration. Ms. Phillips is a graduate of St. Josephs
college in Maine. She is a member of the Northern California Association
of Public Safety Communications Officials, where she served as
President. Ms. Phillips has received a number of awards for her
work, including the Susan E. Volger Award for outstanding leadership
in Communications Interoperability and the Ramona Raymond Pillar
of Inspiration award from the Santa Clara County Public
Safety Managers Association.