Cannon to Lead Pennsylvania Emergency Management

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Glenn Cannon, whose career in public safety began about 35 years ago when he was hired to start the city of Pittsburgh's paramedic program, is Gov.-elect Tom Corbett's choice to be director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

"The governor-elect has made it very clear that public safety is one of his highest priorities," said Cannon, 62, who previously served as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Response Division when President George W. Bush selected him to help restore the agency's image, which was tarnished after Hurricane Katrina.

"The governor-elect made it very clear to me he wants Pennsylvania to be recognized as among the best for homeland security and emergency management," Cannon, a Highland Park resident, said Friday.

PEMA coordinates state agency response, including the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and Office of Homeland Security in support of county and local governments in civil defense and disaster preparedness. It also is responsible for helping communities to plan for, respond to and recover from man-made or natural disasters.

"Glenn Cannon is a highly accomplished professional with years of emergency management preparedness and response experience, making him an ideal choice to lead this important state agency," said Corbett, who takes office Jan. …