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DeSantis: Guthrie Returns for Second Term as Director of Emergency Management

Guthrie led Florida's emergency response through multiple disasters, including the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside and – more recently – Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that Kevin Guthrie will return as Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management for a second term. Guthrie was appointed by DeSantis as the Deputy Director of FDEM in January 2019.

“From the tragic condo collapse in Surfside to the destructive Hurricane Ian, Kevin Guthrie has led emergency response efforts with leadership and skill,” DeSantis wrote in a tweet.

Guthrie has more than 30 years of experience in Public Safety and Emergency Management in the state of Florida. Prior to his role in Tallahassee, Guthrie spent 23 years as a police officer and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He also served in public safety in both Flagler and Pasco Counties.

Guthrie has been recognized for his service with multiple awards, including the Chad Reed First Responder Award from former Governor Rick Scott and the Presidential Call to Service Award from President Barack Obama.

For updates on the Division’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts, follow Director Kevin Guthrie on Twitter @KevinGuthrieFL.