Mr. Martin Senterfitt joins CDR Maguire as Vice President of Operations for Emergency Management. He has 35 years of experience in emergency management and has served as an executive-level participant in local, regional, and statewide emergency management systems and responses, on several occasions. Most recently, Mr. Senterfitt was Director of Emergency Management for Monroe County where he was responsible for emergency management operations during Hurricane Irma, which had major impacts on the Florida Keys. His experience with that disaster led to him testifying in congress regarding FEMA’s effectiveness during the recovery phase. Mr. Senterfitt had oversight of all Emergency Management functions and multiple grant products, including UASI, EMPG, SHSGP, and Port Security.
Prior to his position as Emergency Management Director for Monroe County, Mr. Senterfitt spent 28 years serving the City of Jacksonville in various roles, starting as a firefighter and eventually working his way up the ranks to Director of Duval County Emergency Preparedness and Director/Fire Chief of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue. As the Director, Mr. Senterfitt managed and oversaw a $210 million dollar budget, led over 1,300 government employees, and directed oversight of the Emergency Preparedness Program.
Mr. Senterfitt served as Division Chief of Emergency Preparedness; an appointment made by former Jacksonville Mayor, John Peyton, in July 2008. He was also Deputy Director in Emergency Preparedness from February 2005 to July 2006, until he was promoted to the rank of District Chief. In his field duties as District Chief, he managed multiple large incidents and gained invaluable experience as an on-scene Incident Commander. This experience, coupled with many years of experience in an EOC environment as an Emergency Manager at both the local and state level, has given Mr. Senterfitt a comprehensive understanding of the National Incident Management System and the coordination systems within.
Mr. Senterfitt earned his master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Florida in 2005.