(FORT BEND, TX) –
Fort Bend County Judge KP George today announced the selection of Greg
Babst to serve as the new Manager of the County’s Office of Homeland
Security and Emergency Management (HS&EM), effective immediately.
who has been with HS&EM for over two years, served as Deputy
Manager prior to being named as the office’s
interim Manager in January 2023. In his new role, Babst will oversee
all aspects of the County’s planning for, response to, and recovery from
emergencies, and disasters.
has a wealth of experience and an enthusiastic outlook for the safety
of residents and businesses in
our county along with the ability to engage with our internal
departments, the public, private sector partners, local, state, and
federal agencies,” said Judge KP George.
began working with HS&EM in 2021, first as an Emergency Management
Specialist One Exercise and Training
position and was later promoted to Assistant Deputy Manager. He has
worked with multiple local, state, and federal partners to help the
County plan for and respond to Disaster Declarations and various
emergencies within the County.
to joining HS&EM, Babst served 24 years in the United States Coast
Guard (USCG), where he served as Chief
Warrant Officer, as well as being a Surf & Rescue Boat Coxswain,
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Tactical Deployment Team Lead, a member
of the Maritime Security Response Team West, and part of the National
Incident Management Deployment Team.
Babst is a (USCG) Training Officer and has experience in law
enforcement, HAZMAT, first aid,
high-risk training, weapons, tactical elements, and small boat
operations in all types of weather. He has acquired an estimated 15,600
hours of training hours as a lead instructor, earned 80 hours as a USCG
certified instructor, and served as a USCG First
Responder in over 1000 cases in the maritime realm as the on-scene
coordinator for various types of cases (Searches, Capsizes, Sinking,
EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, Active Shooter, Terrorism, Bombings,
Hostage, Protests, Cartel Drug Seizures).
excited about this new role, and I look forward to continuing to build
this response team,” said Babst.
“I want to thank all the department heads in the county for their
support and our First Responders, EMS, the Sheriff’s Office and Fire
Marshal’s Office, ESDs, the leadership, and all the stakeholders within
the county who have supported us as we have built-out
this response team. My goal is to be a value and responsive proactive
multiplier for all coordination during all hazards in this county.”
is the mission of the Fort Bend County Department of Homeland Security
Management to create an environment of readiness for the whole
community through a comprehensive program of prevention, protection,
mitigation, response, and disaster recovery.