Mr. Dawson has been with GEMA/HS for over 20 years serving in positions of increasing responsibility to include State Operations Center Manager, Field Operations Director, Operations Division Director and Public Assistance Division Manager.  Charlie also worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation as the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Program Manager.  Prior to working with the State of Georgia Mr. Dawson served for over 20 years as a Commissioned Officer in the Medical Department of the U.S. Army. 

Charlie has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Georgia State University, graduate work at Central Michigan University and has completed an Executive Education Program at the U.S. Navy’s Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.