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Worcester County Emergency Services Director Announces Retirement

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SNOW HILL, Md.- Worcester County Emergency Services Director Teresa Owens recently announced her upcoming retirement from Worcester County Government effective June 23,  after 35 years of service to the community. Owens originally began working in WCES in 1978. In 1996 the Worcester County Commissioners promoted her to direct the department.

In her role as director of WCES, Owens leads the 911 Communications Center and the Information Technology Division. She also directs all aspects of emergency management operations, including disaster planning, response and recovery.

In 1996, Owens was appointed by former Gov. Parris Glendening to serve as Worcester County's Emergency Management Director. She was later appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley to serve on two state boards: the Emergency Number Systems Board, and the Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council. The ENSB works cooperatively with Maryland counties to provide an effective and efficient Maryland 911 System through the administration of the 911 Trust Fund revenues. The ENSB advises the Governor on the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of emergency management matters.

Under the direction of Owens, WCES applied for and was one of only 17 jurisdictions throughout the country selected to develop an interoperability network, making it possible for emergency responders from diverse agencies to communicate with one another during a disaster. She currently serves as the project manager for the Maryland Eastern Shore Interoperability Network. She also manages the State Homeland Security Grant Programs, including law enforcement, fire and emergency preparedness efforts in the county and its municipalities.

Owens is an Eastern Shore native. She graduated from Snow Hill High School. She serves on the Maryland Emergency Management Association, Delmarva Emergency Task Force, Eastern Shore Communications Alliance, National Emergency Number Association, Association of Public Communications Officers, International Association of Emergency Managers, Worcester County Local Emergency Planning Committee and Worcester County Emergency Services Planning Committee.

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