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June 28, 2011 > Petrie appointed to public health post

Petrie appointed to public health post

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Lingxia Meng

Michael Petrie has been appointed Santa Clara County Public Health Department's new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director. The appointment is effective July 5, 2011. Immediately prior to joining the County, Petrie served as the Director of Emergency Management Sciences in the U.C. Berkeley Center of Infectious Disease and Emergency Readiness.

"We're pleased to have Petrie join the County's Public Health Department," said Daniel Peddycord, Public Health Director. "His extensive experience and knowledge in emergency medical services management and research makes him the ideal candidate for this position."

While at the U.C. Berkeley Center for Infectious Disease and Emergency Readiness, Petrie supervised emergency plan development and evaluation for cities, counties, and states, and managed the Cal PREPARE Exercise Laboratory, which conducts research on state and local governments' homeland security, public health and emergency medical preparedness.

From 2000-2008, Petrie was the EMS Director for the City and County of San Francisco. His experience also includes serving as Hospital Administrator for Del Puerto Health Care District and Director of Patterson District Ambulance in Patterson, California. Petrie served on the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School's (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security and continues as Thesis Advisor and a member of the Editorial Review Board of Homeland Security Affairs. Petrie has been a licensed paramedic since 1983.

"The Santa Clara County EMS System is well-regarded throughout the state. The EMS Agency has a well-seasoned, extremely competent staff and a high degree of collaboration among its fire service, hospital, ambulance provider, law enforcement and other stakeholders," said Petrie

Petrie, 49, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Saint Mary's College, a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Master's in Security Studies - Homeland Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School. His annual salary will be $130,255.84.

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