I have known Mike for many years. He currently serves as a Regional Director of FEMA's Region 8, and has done so since January 1994. This region encompasses my home state of Colorado, as well as Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. In this time of disastrous floods in the northern states, the Director's job has been extremely important.
In his position Mike has coordinated mitigation, preparedness, and disaster response and recovery activities in these six states. As Senator Allard has said, Mike's region has been cited as a "Center for Excellence" in developing national policy for community relations and outreach.
Mike Armstrong also served in state and local government for more than a decade. Prior to joining FEMA, he held the position of Deputy Director for the Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Conservation.
He also served for ten years as an assistant city attorney in Aurora, Colorado, where he specialized in land-use issues.
Mike's public service over the years and his work at FEMA have prepared him well for the position of Associate Director for Mitigation for which he has been nominated. He is someone of personal integrity who is dedicated to public service.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to be here today and thank you for your consideration of Mike Armstrong's qualifications during today's hearing.