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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

July 26, 2002


Charlotte, NC – Calling Mecklenburg County “a significant risk as a regional target for terrorism,” County Manager Harry L. Jones, Sr. today announced the hiring of Wynn Mabry, M.D, as director of the recently created Office of Homeland Security, effective August 1, 2002. 

Dr. Mabry, a retired major general in the U.S. Air Force, has served as Homeland Security consultant to the County for several months.  On June 18, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners created the Office and position as part of adopting this year’s budget. 

Mabry’s charge is to develop a premier regional threat management system that coordinates area resources in emergency medical services, hospitals and medical centers, law enforcement, fire protection, public health, public utilities, as well as partners with businesses and other community agencies. 

Dr. Mabry is a surgeon with extensive experience as a leader in emergency management and medical operations.  He is a retired Major General of the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps who most recently served as the medical director for Zayed Military Hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Among his many responsibilities was upgrading the medical readiness programs for peacetime disaster and wartime casualty response.  

He also served as commander of the Wilford Hall Medical Center, the Air Force’s largest medical operation, with more than 4,000 military and civilian personnel with an annual operating budget of $175 million.  It serves as a Level 1 trauma center and is the major source for medical readiness missions worldwide, including air combat support, disaster response, and humanitarian peacekeeping. 

“Dr. Mabry’s credentials make him uniquely qualified to develop and oversee the implementation of a regional system for homeland security,” said Jones.  “He will be working closely with County agencies such as the Health Department, MEDIC, the Sheriff’s Office and our community partners to assess the community’s readiness to respond and recover from public health and safety emergencies.” 

Dr. Mabry’s 10-point plan for homeland security, developed as part of his consultation to the County, will serve as the roadmap for his work and will be provided to National Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to help identify the best methods for collaboration between local and national agencies.

Click here for Mabry's presentation to the July meeting of the Board of County Commissioners
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