Director James Stallings

James C. Stallings has served as the GEMA/HS Director since September 1, 2020.

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Mike Smith

Chief of Staff

Mike Smith was appointed as the Chief of Staff on September 1, 2020.

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Thomas Moore

Deputy Director, Emergency Management

Thomas Moore serves as the Deputy Director of Emergency Management at GEMA/HS. In this position, he oversees the emergency management, operational response, logistics and planning units of the agency.

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Valarie Grooms

Deputy Director, Recovery

Valarie Grooms serves as the GEMA/HS Deputy Director of Recovery Division. In this position, she oversees the Community Recovery, Hazard Mitigation and Public Assistance Departments for the agency.

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J. Mark Sexton

Deputy Director, Administration & Finance

Mark Sexton joined GEMA/HS in January 2017 and currently serves as Deputy Director of Administration and Finance.

Anna Burton

General Counsel

Anna Burton joined the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency as Deputy General Counsel and currently serves as General Counsel as of August 2021.