CDP announces new superintendent
by Daniel Gaddy
dgaddy@annistonstar.com
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Charles “Mike” King
Charles “Mike” King
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The Center for Domestic Preparedness today announced the naming of a new superintendent for the agency.

Charles “Mike” King has been acting superintendent since May and will officially take over the position Monday.

The CDP, which operates at McClellan, trains first responders and health-care workers to respond to mass-casualty events.

In an emailed statement to The Star, King said the CDP has enjoyed strong leadership over its history, and he is honored to be part of the history.

“I am privileged to continue to lead a staff of immensely talented individuals who work daily to achieve a high standard of excellence in all operations, and I am confident that the CDP’s role in Anniston as a premier national training center will continue to grow and develop as a result of their unparalleled efforts,” he said.

A retired lieutenant colonel who served as military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Army, King began work at the CDP in 2005 as director of operations and support. In 2008, he became the deputy superintendent for the agency.

King became acting superintendent when James “Jim” Smith left the Homeland Security training center in May. Smith headed the facility for five months. A CDP spokesman declined comment on Smith’s departure, directing questions to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under which the local training facility operates.

Efforts to reach FEMA officials were not immediately successful.

King holds a bachelor’s degree in forest resources from the University of Georgia and a master’s in business administration from Boston University. Originally from Macon, Ga., King is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

King on Monday will be sworn into the Senior Executive Service, a group of government executives that serve just under presidential appointees, according to a FEMA press release.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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