PRESS RELEASE. From San Mateo County Communication Officer, Michelle Durand, March 10th, 2021.
Office of Emergency Services (OES) was separated from the County Manager’s Office (CMO) about 25 years ago. At the time, there was a statewide push to move OES to the Sheriff’s Office if it wasn’t getting the attention it required. Mike Callagy is our County Manager.
Since the County Manager is the Incident Commander or director of all San Mateo County operations, in all declared emergencies, Mike Callagy made the decision, last September, to move OES back to his office and provide new leadership and a different level of service to the community and emergency organizations, like CEAP and Coastside Cert.
Making a move like this takes time. The County must essentially create a new department with new policies, procedures, and budget. OES has been operating as part of the County Manager’s Office for several months now, but the “go live” date of 7/1/2021 is when the budget is officially separated from the Sheriff’s Office, the date of the new fiscal year.
Although OES is a standalone department (under the CMO), it will continue to closely coordinate with the Sheriff’s Office during any emergency where mass evacuations are needed.
San Mateo County Chief Communications Officer, County Manager’s Office
400 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063