Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chief of Staff, Raymond Orozco, was named to a 35 member Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Preparedness Task Force designed to evaluate the state of the nation’s disaster readiness.
The announcement was made by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on April 7th.
“Enhancing preparedness across our nation requires close collaboration between all levels of government,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The recommendations of this Task Force—comprised of emergency management and homeland security experts from states, cities and tribes across the country—will help guide our ongoing efforts to ensure the resilience of communities throughout the nation.”
"Chicago continually looks for ways to better protect the residents of this city, and Ray Orozco has been a key leader in our effort," said Mayor Richard M. Daley. "His vast experience as a first responder will add value to the team."
The Task Force convened its first meeting in Boston, MA this week, with quarterly meetings expected to follow. In September, the group will make its recommendations to Napolitano about ways to build resiliency in communities across America.
Mayor Daley named Raymond Orozco Chief of Staff on January 7, 2010.
Prior to his appointment, he served as Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).
During his tenure as Executive Director of OEMC, Orozco solidified the private sector camera initiative, which links Chicago based organizations, companies and non-for-profit camera systems into the OEMC video surveillance network. He also integrated this camera network into 911 operations, making Chicago the first city in the nation to utilize this type of technology for emergency dispatch.
Orozco has taken the lead on developing many of the City’s safety and security protocols for large scale events, including the Air and Water Show, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball’s playoff games, and mostly recently, the 2008 Election Night Rally in Grant Park.
Orozco served a distinguished 29 year career with the Chicago Fire Department, which culminated as Fire Commissioner.