head of GOHSEP on sick leave; Governor Edwards appoints interim director


The following information comes from the Louisiana governor’s office:

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Today (October 21, 2021), Governor John Bel Edwards promoted Casey Tingle to director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, following the resignation of General James Waskom from his post he had served since January 2016.

Waskom is on sick leave until January. Tingle will serve as interim manager until then.

“Gen. Jim Waskom has served the people of our nation and state admirably throughout his career, and Louisiana is better for his service. In addition to his work as the longest-serving director in the history of the GOHSEP, he is a United States Army veteran who flew three combat missions in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom / New Dawn. I remember that after a military career that included 30 months in a overseas combat zone, when Jim could have done something else he chose to continue working for our people. We need more officials like Jim who are working to solve problems and execute plans when they are face life-threatening challenges, “Governor Edwards said.” I feel deeply indebted to him for his dedication, guidance and leadership on behalf of our people. After six years, six hurricanes, the flooding historical 2016, winter storms and the pandemic, I feel like I’ve been in the trenches with Jim, who has been a consistent leader for the GOHSEP team and a trusted expert advisor to me. His knowledge and expertise have helped strengthen our working relationships with parishes, other states and our federal partners. General Waskom is leaving because that’s what’s best for him and his family. Donna and I wish him good luck and pray for him. I hope that our paths will continue to cross in the future, because he is a true friend, Louisiana and American patriot.

The Governor appointed Casey Tingle Acting Director of GOHSEP. Tingle has worked at GOHSEP since 2009, serving many critical disaster assistance programs and supporting all aspects of response and recovery.

“Casey is an experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated public servant who has focused his career on helping our state respond to and recover from a number of natural disasters, with a keen eye on how mitigation can protect our communities and improve our lives. He has held various positions at GOHSEP, giving him a broad overview of the agency’s functions and how it can best serve our local leaders and people in times of crisis, ”Governor Edwards said. “I look forward to continuing to work with him and have confidence that he is a strong leader who can work with our partners to continue Louisiana’s recovery from Hurricanes Ida, Laura and Delta, floods and winter storms. , while ensuring that our state is prepared to respond to any future disaster that we may face.

“It has been an honor to serve under the leadership of Jim Waskom for the past six years. On behalf of the GOHSEP team, we are grateful for Jim’s service to our nation, state and agency. His leadership in the face of so many challenges leaves a lasting impact on our staff, our emergency management partners and the people of Louisiana. I hope to continue this legacy as I move forward.


Since joining GOHSEP in 2009, Tingle has held various positions at GOHSEP, including that of Deputy Assistant Director for Management and Finance; Deputy Deputy Director for Risk Mitigation Assistance and Deputy Director, Chief of Staff. In all of these roles, Casey has witnessed the important work of the GOHSEP team and has developed partnerships at the local, state and federal levels. Tingle has managed three mitigation grant programs, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) which represent more than $ 2.5 billion in funding for critical projects targeting to protect life and property from natural hazards. dangers. In addition, Casey has held a leadership position for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).

Prior to joining GOHSEP, Tingle was a senior partner at Quadel Consulting working on the Road Home program and he also worked in budget and grant management for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Public Safety Services .

Tingle is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana and is a graduate of Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Louisiana State University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Stacie have three children.

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