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News - December 9, 2011

Police veteran to head emergency services

Palo Alto taps Kenneth Dueker to direct new office

by Gennady Sheyner

After months of searching, Palo Alto officials Wednesday tapped a veteran of the Police Department and a well-known figure to the city's robust coalition of emergency-preparedness volunteers to head the fledgling Office of Emergency Services.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@paweekly.com.


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Posted by Ronna Devincenzi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

This is a wise decision. Officer Dueker has had his finger on the pulse of Emergency Preparedness for the past few years. He works well with everyone, keeping them in *communication*, linking city departments with citizen groups & preparing them to work together.

The Golden Guardian and Silver Sentinel exercises worked so well, due to his diligent oversight, leadership & teaching skills, his creativity and his ability to be a team player, and to remain calm under stress. He is a PROVEN and successful leader.

Congratulations, kudos and thanks to everyone involved with making this excellent decision. Living in California, E-Prep is a must, and a responsible, qualified and personable person must be in the lead. Officer Dueker is that person. Palo Alto is in good hands.

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Posted by Bernard Leitner
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

Congratulations Officer Dueker, a good choice for the job.

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Posted by Timothy Gray
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

Great progress.

Now, let's see if we can share this resource on a regional basis to defray some of the cost, as Emergency Preparedness is a regional need and should be addressed on a regional basis.

Surely each Penninsula City won't burden taxpayers with a $125,000 (plus benefits) resource when we all share the same need. We cannot accept anything less than a City-wide vision that always pursues regional cooperation to maximize service and minimize cost. (As a reminder, we still have a lot of potholes and infrastructure to update as essential priorities.)

Again, great progress, but we must include a regional vision in our future.

Tim Gray

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

Normally I am not in favor of our City inventing new positions that cost us huge amounts of money for unquantifiable benefit.

But, this is an exception and I think it is a good move forward.

Looking back on the day our City was without power for about 12 hours shows that someone who is in place to take over managing an emergency makes sense. Earthquakes are not the only fear, but any emergency which affects a sizeable chunk of Palo Alto and a sizeable number of residents, can be dealt with more efficiently if there is a point person ready to take charge. From an accident on the grade crossings or majory road artery to large power outages or property fires, it is good to know that the City will be able to inform us and keep us abreast with these unforeseen events.

Thank you.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Ken is a great guy; I am extremely happy he has been selected for this position.

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Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on Dec 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Get your facts right Daily. Ken Dueker never became a regular officer and most certainly was never a detective. He was a reserve.....period. Probably a good choice for this job but hopefully his application didn't list those positions on his resume.

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Posted by Deep Throat
a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

"Annoyed", why are you asking the Daily to get its facts right when this is a forum about a Palo Alto Weekly article that got its facts from City Manager Jim Keene's press release: Web Link

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Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

"Daily", "weekly' it doesn't matter. His release says he worked as a reserve in the field services and detective division as a reserve. Big difference. He was never a full time, sworn police officer

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Posted by apbinfo
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Dec 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Disaster Aftermath Bullies Foiled
Behind the scenes there is a calamity well underway. No, not a fire, earthquake, hurricane or some other catastrophe, but something much less noticeable: bullies taking advantage of disaster survivors when they are most vulnerable. Today the corporate/individual imbalance is increasingly the issue of the economic day. One of the logical steps the 99% can take in their financial future, is knowing just what it is they should financially expect from the 1% in case of a disaster. A deal's a deal.

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