MDA hires Colburn as emergency management administrator

Senior Editor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 2, 2015) — Former Maryland state senator Richard F. Colburn has a new job.
Colburn, 65, has been appointed administrator for emergency management in the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Office of Administrative Services.
According to a brief confirming statement from MDA, Colburn is responsible for emergency management projects, including the department’s Continuity of Operations plan, contracts and emergency preparedness.
When he was defeated for re-election in this spring’s primaries by then-State Delegate Addie Eckhart, Colburn returned to his job as manager of the town of Federalsburg,
In Caroline County, he had held the Federalsburg job for 24 years.
He stepped down unexpectedly from the Federalsburg post earlier this month to accept another opportunity.
That turned out to be the MDA post.
COOP planning, according to an entry on the Internet, “is the effort to ensure the continued performance of critical business and government functions during a wide range of potential emergencies. The benefits of COOP planning, the entry continues, include “the ability to anticipate events and necessary response actions, improve performance through the identification of agency essential functions that must be supported in an emergency, and improve communication to support essential functions throughout the agency.”
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the Maryland COOP Program and assisting state and local government with COOP planning.
Colburn, a Republican, served in the 37th district the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1991 and was elected to the Senate in 1995.