Cal OES Inland Region, Recovery Division Honored for Intergovernmental Cooperation and Leadership

The American Society for Public Administration’s (APSA) awarded the annual Grantland Johnson Intergovernmental Cooperation award for “Leadership and Contributions Across Multiple Jurisdictions” to Eric Lamoureux, on behalf of the Cal OES Inland Region, and Charles Rabamad, on behalf of the Cal OES Recovery Division.

The Inland Region and Recovery Division received this award for their outstanding work supporting local government due to the September fires in Lake and Calaveras counties.

“I couldn’t be happier for the recognition our Cal OES team has received for their tremendous work supporting the victims of the 2015 Butte Fire,” said Lamoureux, Acting Deputy Director. “It’s very special to receive such unanticipated recognition from our peers in public service.”

The September fires in Lake and Calaveras counties burned a combined 147,000 acres between September 9 and October 30, 2015. The fires forced thousands to evacuate, destroyed 2,876 structures, and caused an estimated $2 billion in damages. On Sept. 11 and Sept. 13, 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed states of emergency in Calaveras and Lake counties due to the Butte and Valley fires. On Sept. 22, 2015, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for both fires.

“The recognition belongs to the recovery team, comprised of individuals from various local, state and federal agencies, which assisted the survivors from the beginning, from immediate sheltering to intermediate housing, and continuing with long term recovery efforts,” said Rabamad, Cal OES Assistant Director for Recovery. “Cal OES’s Recovery team worked tirelessly to help the impacted residents in both counties return to normal as quickly as possible.”

The Sacramento Chapter of ASPA was founded in 1940. Since 1982, ASPA Sacramento has recognized outstanding local public administrators, professors and students through its awards program.

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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