The Citizen’s for Responsible Spending, a group created by Barney Bishop to monitor local spending in the City of Tallahassee, has created a task force to propose a model of best practices to ensure a smooth and rapid, coordinated response to emergencies like those created by Hurricane Hermine.
The task force will be chaired by former Lt. Governor Jeff Kottcamp and J. Sam Bell, P.E.
Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2006, he served as Lt. Governor from 2007-2011, and has chaired Space Florida as well as Florida’s Children & Youth Cabinet.
Sam Bell has 45 years of utilities experience, including 30 years with Florida Power and Light, five years with the City of Tallahassee as both Utility Director and Assistant City Manager. Further, Bell was a member of the Florida Energy Commission from 2007-09.
The goals of the task force includes proposing best practices with regards to chain-of-command and post storm communication efforts, prioritizing public and private asset allocation, and assessing strategic partnerships.
“This private-sector task force is not about reviewing what went right and wrong when Hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee,” Bishop said. “It’s about how our community can be better prepared for the next hurricane or natural disaster, and how we can share these lessons with others across our state and nation.”
Other individuals on the task force include:
— Colleen Castille, secretary of the former Florida Department of Community Affairs, past head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and a veteran of the state’s Emergency Operations Center.
— John McEachern, former city president of Georgia Federal Bank and a regional vice president for GE Capital.
— Tom Napier, a retired Leon County Clerk of Courts employee, former advisory board director for ProBank and State Board of Administration Pension Advisory Board member.
— Victoria Zepp, chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet technology workgroup on interagency data and information sharing and former executive director of Florida TaxWatch’s Center for Competitive Florida.