FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, January 20, 2004CONTACT:
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Manager of Safety's Office
Manager of Safety Announces Project Director for Homeland Security Grant
Manager of Safety Alvin LaCabe announced Tuesday that Martin “Marty” Flahive will serve as the project director for the regional homeland security initiative led by Denver. This is a contract position required and paid for by the federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant.
The goal of the 2003 Urban Area Security Initiative grant that was awarded to Denver is to coordinate a 23-jurisdiction effort to plan and implement a wide range of strategies for local safety and security. The funds will be used for planning, assessment and strategy development; equipment acquisition (ie: personal protective equipment, response vehicles, integrated communications systems); training; exercise support; administration and operational activities.
In October 2003, Denver Mayor Hickenlooper joined regional neighbors and Governor Bill Owens to announce that the metro area was slated to receive $12.5 million through this federal initiative. In November 2003, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that the Denver metro area is eligible for an additional $6.9 million from the federal FY 04 budget.
“Given events of the past few years, it is essential that we and our neighbors are prepared for not only natural disasters, but also acts of terrorism,” said Manager of Safety LaCabe, who chairs the Urban Security Initiative Working Group. “With the help of this federal funding, an unprecedented level of regional cooperation, and Marty Flahive’s experience in getting challenging assignments accomplished, we are making preparedness and security a top priority.”
Flahive has spent 33 years with the City and County of Denver, most recently as Deputy Manager of Parks and Recreation. Other key assignments during his career with the City include serving as the lead negotiator for Mayor Webb in collective bargaining with the police, firefighter and sheriffs’ unions; co-drafting collective bargaining ballot initiatives for police and sheriffs, serving as finance project director during Y2K preparations, computer upgrade planning; and budget oversight for safety services agencies. Flahive received a bachelor’s degree in physics and an MBA from the University of Dayton and a law degree from the University of Denver. Additionally, he teaches business law and business ethics to MBA students at Regis University.
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