County Office of Emergency Management to Retire
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Rob Lewin announced he will retire this year.
Lewin joined OEM, the department responsible for emergency planning and coordination of the Santa Barbara operational area, four years ago and in 2016 he was appointed Director. He has nearly 40 years in emergency and incident management. He was at the helm for numerous natural disasters including the 1/9 Debris Flow in Montecito, the Thomas Fire, and the Holiday Fire.
Prior to joining Santa Barbara County OEM, Lewin served as Fire Chief for CAL FIRE, San Luis Obispo County Fire Department.
He will stay in his position through the current winter storm season.
Santa Barbara County Executive Officer Mona Miyasoto praised Lewin for building"the best OEM team we've ever had," in department email to county leaders. "He has led the county organization and the community through unprecedented disasters and demonstrated extreme ownership, command presence and true leadership when it was most needed... His unwavering commitment to serving and protecting all of us was proven time and again," wrote Miyasoto.