U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said New Mexico’s Tim Manning is an excellent candidate to be Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and urged a Senate Panel to approve his confirmation.
Bingaman introduced Manning at his confirmation hearing before the Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, which over sees FEMA.
“Since his arrival at the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security Tim has met and exceeded expectations. He is a true professional who has steeped himself in the needs of the state at all levels. Because Tim has worked his way up through the state emergency preparedness system he understands the needs of communities of all sizes. He works closely with villages, pueblos, cities, and counties throughout the state to ensure that New Mexico is always prepared for the worst case scenario.
“In each natural disaster and fire that has hit New Mexico Tim was one of the first on the scene. But even more impressive is the organization and communication of the team on the ground. Because Tim knows the importance of being prepared he has the best team possible and all the necessary information in place before a disaster hits. Tim’s emphasis on planning and education will serve him and the nation well as he moves to take a national role at FEMA. While the state is sorry to see him leave we know that the nation will benefit from his work,” Bingaman said.
Manning is currently the State Director of the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security. Previously he served as Director of the Governor’s office of Homeland Security and before that as the State Director of Emergency Preparedness. Prior to his service with the State of New Mexico, Tim was a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), rescue mountaineer, hazardous materials specialist, and as a hydrogeologist working on the investigation and restoration of chemical contaminant sites and water resource projects.