Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Jerome H. Hauer, one of the Nation's most experienced practitioner-scholars in the fields of Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism preparedness, currently serves as Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. In that capacity he oversees the Division's Office of Counterterrorism, the Office of Cyber Security, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, and the Office of Emergency Management. The Division is responsible for helping to prepare for and respond to terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters throughout New York State.
During a career that spans three decades, Mr. Hauer held a wide variety of management- and executive-level positions that include serving as the first Director of the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI) at The George Washington University where he worked with the Department of Homeland Security and other public- and private-sector entities to coordinate and deliver first responder, medical and public health training for the National Capital Region (NCR). Mr. Hauer was concurrently an Assistant Professor in the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services as well as the School of Medicine.
Jerome Hauer served as National Security Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, and he coordinated that federal department's response during the 2001 Anthrax crisis. From 2002 to 2003, he was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for coordinating the country's medical and public health preparedness and response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism. From 2000-2002, he was the Managing Director of the crisis and consequence management group at Kroll Associates. Mr. Hauer previously served as Director of the Office of Emergency Management in New York City from 1996-2000.
Prior to returning to New York, Mr. Hauer was also the Director of the Department of Emergency Management for the State of Indiana. During that time, he served on the Congressional Fire Caucus' Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Council. In addition, Mr. Hauer was on the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's Committee to evaluate R&D Needs for Improved Civilian Medical Response to Chemical or Biological Terrorism Incidents. In 1990, Mr. Hauer was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, where he served for a year. From 1987 to 1989 he worked in New York City's Emergency Medical Services Department-- first as a Deputy Director and later as a Special Assistant to the Executive Director.
Mr. Hauer was Research Associate with the Harvard Medical School and Longwood Area Trauma Center from 1980 to 1983. From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Hauer was an Associate Administrator with the Red Cross Blood Services' Northeast Region. Mr. Hauer earned his B.A. from New York University in 1976 and his M.H.S. from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1978 and is currently a doctoral candidate at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and is expected to receive his degree in 2012.
Mr. Hauer is the recipient of numerous honors, including Outstanding Alumni of the Year from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU, The New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, the Police Service Award-United States Capitol Police, and the Indiana Commendation Medal for Exceptional Meritorious Service, Legion of Hoosier Heroes Award. In 1998 he and the Office of Emergency Management were included in the Federal Emergency Management's Compendium of Exemplary Practices for New York City's Terrorism Preparedness Initiative. He is a member of the New York City Police Department's Honor Legion, and is an honorary Assistant Chief in the New York City Fire Department. Mr. Hauer has coauthored forty-six (46) publications, two (2) books and two (2) monographs.
Immediately prior to his confirmation as New York State's Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Mr. Hauer was the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauer Group, a consulting firm providing customized emergency management solutions to public and private clients around the world. He previously served as a Co-Chair of the homeland security practice of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations.