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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Staff & Contacts


Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed

Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Homeland Security

Office: (504) 658-8700   

LtCol. Jerry W. Sneed USMC( Ret.) is the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and the Director for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. On May 2, 2010, under Mayor Landrieu’s administration, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed was appointed as the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety. Under this new title he oversees the operations of New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans EMS, Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, the Equipment Maintenance Division, Mosquito Control, and the Coroner’s Office. Lieutenant Colonel Sneed officially retired from the United States Marine Corps on September 1, 2005, (only days after Hurricane Katrina) after serving a total of 32 years of military service in both the enlisted and officer ranks. During this long career he served in numerous and varied assignments to include commanding four different Marine units for a total of over 6 ½ years of command time (to include the Commanding Officer of Marine Security Forces, Quatanamo Bay, Cuba), 6 years of senior staff assignments, 5 years of various instructor duties, 4½ years of overseas assignments, and participated in 2 combat tours of duty. His last major assignment prior to retirement was January to October 2004, with the 3d Civil Affairs Group in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. This unit had the tasking to rebuild the total infrastructure of this devastated nation and during this tour he participated in the first battle of Fallujah. At the time, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed had no idea that this tour would be preparing him for his future civilian employment with the City of New Orleans.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed contacted the Homeland Security Director for the City of New Orleans and volunteered his services and was given the assignment of developing and conducting the “Look and Leave” program for the Lower 9th Ward. After 2 months of volunteer work for the city of New Orleans, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed was brought on payroll in the city of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security as a planner and helped develop the City Assisted Evacuation Plan (CAEP) with the objective of evacuating 30,000 citizens that needed the most assistance in evacuating the city. As the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness he oversaw the evacuation of New Orleans during Hurricane Gustav in 2008. 

Lt. Col. Sneed graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Law Enforcement and from Sam Houston State University with a Master’s of Arts in Criminal Justice; completing all coursework and thesis prior to returning to the Marine Corps as an Officer. His personal military decorations include the Bronze Star, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He currently resides in the New Orleans Westbank area with his wife and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. 

Aaron Miller

Deputy Director

Office: (504) 658-8703   

Aaron Miller is the Deputy Director for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. In this role, he oversees daily operations of the office, maintains emergency operations center readiness, and implements the strategic and tactical objectives outlined by the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety in regards to planning, finance, and operations. Prior to this, Aaron served as a Clinical Researcher and Research Specialist for New Orleans EMS, where he also worked as a special event liaison, and as the Emergency Management Specialist for Tulane University. After completing his Master’s in Public Health,  Aaron was a Mayoral Fellow, serving as a policy advisor and intern at the City of New Orleans. Aaron’s introduction to emergency management came while he was an undergraduate and volunteered as an emergency medical technician with Tulane University. He is currently completing his dissertation research for a PhD in Public Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in the Department of Global Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

Collin Arnold

Operations Section Chief

Office: (504) 658-8729   

Eric Pickering

Deputy Operations Section Chief

Office: (504) 658-8707   

Dev Jani

Planning Section Chief

Office: (504) 658-8713   

Dev Jani is currently the Planning Section Chief for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. In this capacity, he works to strengthen all-hazards resilience through tactical, operational and strategic crisis management framework. Additionally, he is responsible for managing the planning section, assisting in the administration of several public health and homeland security grants, and serves as the primary point of contact for public health and medical issues. Previously, Dev worked in a variety of positions which spanned the fire, emergency medical services and collegiate emergency response sectors. Dev holds a BS in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University, a MPH in Environmental Health and Public Health Disaster Management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Tulane. His research and professional focus areas include all-hazards preparedness and response, particularly of CBRN incidents, and the translation of this area into policy at the local, state and federal levels.

Cara Stevens

Deputy Planning Section Chief

Office: (504) 658-8711   

Scott Rodrigue

Logistics Section Chief

Office: (504) 658-8715   

George Barlow Brown

Communications / IT Section Chief

Office: (504) 658-8716   

George Brown is the COMM / IT Section Chief for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He is tasked with overseeing the day to day IT operations of the office as well as the Communications for all of public safety for the City of New Orleans.

Prior to NOHSEP, George served the City of New Orleans for 12 years as an officer within the NOPD, his last 8 years being assigned to the IT Division of NOPD. He brings a large portfolio of deployed NOPD applications that make information sharing easier on a daily basis. Many of these applications were designed in-house and are used 24/7.

George Brown graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Applied Computer Sciences with a focus on System Analysis and Design.


Carlos V. Muñiz

IT-Technical Project Lead

Office: (504) 658-8714   

Carlos V. Muñiz is the IT-Technical Project Lead for the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security. He has been in this position since 2005, during which time he was has been responsible for the deployment of all the telecommunication equipment during an activation using NOMADS, BGAN, Cell Phones and Satellite phones. He is accountable for the setup of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), IP phones, laptops, desktops, cameras, assign user rights and is the WEBEOC administrator for the EOC, as well as supporting three other agencies.

Prior to his time at NOHSEP, Mr. Muñiz worked as a CDMA Switch Technician at Sprint PCS, where he did troubleshooting on 1900 MHz cells, vocoder circuit cards, and switch equipment, analyzed trouble clusters of cells and verified all neighbors and translations for the site are correct, and was responsible for the implementation of phase II for E-911 system as well as the for the monitoring using different methods from using technical manuals, designed flow-charts, guides, theory, and documentation. 

Mr. Muñiz is a graduate of the Miami Military Academy, Miami Dade Jr. College, and the University of Miami. A native of Managua, Nicaragua, Carlos lives in Lakeview and is a Past Grand Knight (PGK) of the Knight of Columbus council 3729.

Greg D. Reece

GIS Lead and Information Systems Analyst

Office: (504) 658-8710   

Greg D. Reece is the GIS Analyst for the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Mr. Reece utilizes GIS to create maps and maintain data for emergency situations. He also creates maps for special events and planning purposes for NOHSEP. He has been creating maps with GIS for 4 years. Greg received his degree for the University of Arkansas in Geography with an emphasis in Cartography. He is a native of Arkansas, but resides in Slidell. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities.

Amanda Russell

Assistant to the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety

Office: (504) 658-8700   

Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)

Created by the 9/11 Act, the UASI Program provides funding to cities to help build capacity against the threat of terrorism. NOHSEP staff and UASI team members work closely together to ensure New Orleans remains as safe and prepared for any and all disasters as possible. 

Benjamin Armstrong

Program Manager

Linda Marye

Fiscal Planner

Office: (504) 658-8704   

Linda Marye is the Fiscal Planner for the Office of Homeland Security. She handles payments, manages financial aspects of grants, and tracks funding for the City and for the Region. Ms. Marye graduated from Texas Tech with a Masters in Sociology, and has been in the role of Fiscal Planner for NOHSEP since the office was formed in 2004.  Before that she worked in the Office of Criminal Justice Coordination as the Director, after starting at the OCJC in 1979 as a Program Evaluator.  Linda was born in Texas, moved to Mississippi during High School, lived in Georgia, in Texas again and in Germany for 2 years. She has lived in New Orleans since 1976.

NOHSEP Liaisons

As the coordinating body for first responders in any emergency, NOHSEP works closely with New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department, and New Orleans EMS.  Each of these departments maintains a full-time NOHSEP liaison, who work together to coordinate all disaster and emergency operations.

CPT Russell Avery

New Orleans Fire Department Liaison


LT Adam Brickeen

New Orleans EMS Liaison


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Last updated: 10/8/2014 4:51:43 PM

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