Anthony Dimas directly supervises and oversees the day-to-day
operations of the Emergency Management Office and works
directly for the County Manager.
The New Mexico Office of Emergency Management was first created
in 1959 as the Civil Emergency Preparedness Division. In 1990, the name of the
agency was changed to its current calling under the Department of Public Safety.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Emergency
Management lead the State's response to emergencies and disasters.
The County’s Emergency Management mission is to develop and
maintain a comprehensive plan to prepare for, respond to, and
recover from, all types of major emergencies that might occur in
the County or it's municipalities to include the Navajo and Zuni
residents of McKinley County through a coordinated program of
mitigating hazards, preparing for emergencies, preventing
attacks from events that occur without regard to cause.
This is accomplished by working daily to coordinate a unified
response and the cooperation of various first responders and
their departments, i.e. Volunteers, state and regional partners,
and other organizations that would have a role in any major
During a major disaster or emergency, response and recovery
activities are coordinated from the Emergency Operations Center
(EOC) The heads of various departments and agencies will work
together in a unified command structure to respond and or
mitigate an emergency or disaster.
Provided by State Statute 12-10-5 (NMSA 1978)
The “All Hazard Emergency
Management Act”, emergency managers are to “be appointed by
the governing body, subject to the approval of the state
director…” [Section 12-10-5 NMSA 1978]
Resolution for McKinley County and City of Gallup
County Resolution # 97-JAN-011
of Gallup Resolution # R97-5