Ashley named Chesterfield Emergency Management Coordinator

Press release from Chesterfield Department of Public Affairs

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County has named a new emergency management coordinator. Emily Ashley, the current emergency management coordinator for Gloucester County, will begin her new job in Chesterfield County Aug. 8.

Chesterfield County began a search for a new emergency management coordinator following the recent retirement of Curt Nellis. Michelle Oblinsky has served as acting coordinator in the interim and will continue serving as the county's deputy emergency management coordinator.

The emergency management coordinator is responsible for disaster preparedness, management of the Emergency Operations Center, and mitigation for hazardous-materials incidents and natural and man-made disasters. Ashley also will maintain the county's Emergency Operations Plan and will track potential disasters such as winter storms, hurricanes and other severe weather, among other responsibilities.

The search for a new coordinator resulted in 93 applicants, from which seven were selected for final consideration. An interview panel led by Chief Loy Senter of the Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services included other Chesterfield County representatives as well as public-safety officials from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and neighboring Dinwiddie County. County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier appointed Ashley based on the interview panel's recommendation. Ashley's appointment also was approved by the Board of Supervisors. The emergency management coordinator reports directly to the chief of the Department of Fire and EMS.

Ashley rose to the top of a highly qualified group of finalists. She has a master's in public administration from Old Dominion University. She completed her bachelor's at Missouri State University. Prior to becoming emergency management coordinator for Gloucester County, Ashley served as deputy emergency management coordinator for Poquoson and as emergency planner for Newport News.