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Title: 2 - Administration and Personnel

Chapter: 60 - Emergency Organization And Function

Section: 60 - Powers and duties of the director and assistant director of emergency services

A. The director is empowered to:

1.   Request the board of supervisors to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency if the board of supervisors is in session, or to issue such proclamation if the board of supervisors is not in session. Whenever the director proclaims a local emergency, the board of supervisors shall take action to ratify the proclamation within seven days thereafter or the proclamation shall have no further force or effect

2.   Recommend that the chairman of the board of supervisors request the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency when, in the opinion of the director, the locally available resources are inadequate to cope with the emergency

3.   Control and direct the effort of the emergency organiza­tion of this county for the accomplishment of the purposes of this chapter.

4.   Direct cooperation between and coordination of services and staff of the emergency organization of this county and resolve questions of authority and responsibility that may arise between them

5.   Represent this county in all dealings with public or pri­vate agencies or matters pertaining to emergencies as defined herein

6.   In the event of the proclamation of a local emergency as herein provided, the proclamation of a state of emergency by the Governor or the Director of the State Office of Emergency Services, or the existence of a state of war emergency, the director is empowered:

a. To make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and proper­ty as affected by such emergency provided, however, such rules and regulations must be confirmed at the earliest practicable time by the board of supervisors,

    b. To obtain vital supplies, equipment, and such other properties found lacking and needed for the protection of life and property and to bind the county for the fair value thereof and, if required immediately, to com­mandeer the same for public use,

    c. To require emergency services of any county officer or employee and, in the event of the proclamation of a state of emergency in the county or the existence of a state of war emergency, to command the aid of as many citizens of this county as he deems necessary in the execution of his duties such persons shall be entitled to all privileges, benefits, and immunities as are provided by state law for registered disaster ser­vice workers,

    d. To requisition necessary personnel or material of any county department or agency, and

    e. To execute all of his ordinary power as county ad­ministrative officer conferred upon him by this chap­ter or by resolution or emergency plan pursuant hereto adopted by the board of supervisors, all powers con­ferred upon him by any statute, by any agreement approved, by the board of supervisors, and by any other lawful authority.

B.    The director of emergency services shall designate the order of succession to that office, to take effect in the event the director is unavailable to attend meetings and otherwise perform his duties during an emergency. The board of supervisors shall approve such order of accession.

C.    The assistant director shall, under the supervision of the Director and with the assistance of emergency service chiefs, develop emergency plans and manage the emer­gency programs of this county and shall have such other powers and duties as may be assigned by the director.


 (Ord. 91-17 § 6, 1991.)