New ACT State Emergency Service Chief Officer

Canberrans will continue to be well supported through storms, floods, search operations and other emergencies with the appointment of a new State Emergency Service Chief Officer.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman announced the appointment of Mr Anthony Draheim as the new Chief Officer of the ACT SES.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr Draheim to this senior leadership role within the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA),” Minister Gentleman said.

“Mr Draheim has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian Army, most recently as Chief of Staff for the Royal Military College of Australia. He has been with the ACTESA since January this year as Director of Training Coordination and Management.

“I would like to thank Mr Jeff Butler and Superintendent Matt Shonk for their contributions. Both have acted in the ACTSES Chief Officer role since Ms Whelan was appointed ESA Commissioner.”

ACTESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan welcomed Mr Draheim to the role and said she is looking forward to working closely with him across the rest of the storm season.

“Anthony has planned and supported both humanitarian aid and disaster responses at a national and international level. He also has a wealth of knowledge and experience in logistics, HR and training and has previously served as an SES volunteer with both the ACT and NSW,” said Commissioner Whelan.

“Mr Draheim will bring to the job practical experience as a leader in delivering business organisational change. I look forward to seeing the contribution he makes to one of the ACT Government’s great volunteer-based organisations.”

Mr Draheim takes on the role following the promotion of former Chief Officer Ms Georgeina Whelan to Commissioner of ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) in October last year.

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