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Keith Sumas Keith Sumas, Director of Emergency Management

Keith Sumas has 23 years of experience in public safety that includes law enforcement, emergency management and security. As a law enforcement officer, he has been assigned to patrol, undercover investigations, and crime prevention. He has completed over 3,000 training hours from 200 courses in various public safety areas from terrorism to tactical operations to peer counseling.

Keith has been a coordinator with the Georgia Office of Homeland Security assisting agencies with approval of emergency operation plans, offering technical assistance through site surveys and physical security assessments. He has been tasked with the preparation of drills and exercises for all hazards, even role-playing in many of them. He has been requested to assist in many suspicious package, bomb threat, and civil unrest incidents that were classified as high risk situations in Georgia like the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, 2004 G-8 Economic Summit Protests and the 2005 Courthouse Shooting Rampage. Keith has worked as an action officer to some of the floods and hurricanes that impacted South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. He was also requested to serve as an agency liaison during the disaster of Hurricane Katrina that struck New Orleans, in which affected his hometown. Keith served in the United States Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean from 2006-2008, where he volunteered as a teacher and assisted with safety, security and emergency management on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

He has been a security officer and/or consultant at several venue sites in the Metro Atlanta Area such as Philips Arena, Atlanta Braves Turner Field, Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center, and the Georgia Aquarium.

Keith received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Additionally, he became a Georgia Certified Emergency Manager in 2008 and then was awarded in 2010 as a Georgia Master Certified Emergency Manager.