Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has named Lowell Porter, former chief of the State Patrol, to lead the county’s Department of Emergency Management.
Porter succeeds Steve Bailey, who retired in December.
In his new duties, Porter will help oversee regional emergency management. His first day on the job will be May 13.
Porter began his 25-year career with the State Patrol as a trooper cadet and rose to chief in 2005.
He served as the governor-appointed director of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission from 2005 to 2012. He has spent the past 13 months as coordinator of the National Law Enforcement Liaison Program, which supports traffic safety initiatives around the country.
McCarthy cited Porter’s “record of executive leadership, strategic planning and building partnerships.”