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Director of Arizona Division of Emergency Management resigns

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PHOENIX — Wendy Smith-Reeve, director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, resigned from her position on Saturday.

The state’s emergency operations will now be directed by Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, according to a press release.

After taking over the state’s emergency operations, Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire chose Anthony Cox, the Division of Emergency Management’s deputy director since 2017, to assume the role of acting director of the Division of Emergency Management.

“We appreciate Deputy Director Smith-Reeve’s service,” McGuire said in the release.

“As Director of DEMA, I am grateful for Mr. Cox’s willingness to assume the director of the Division of Emergency Management position.”

Smith-Reeve had been the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management since May 2013 after joining as a finance specialist for the Public Assistance Program within the recovery section in September of 1996.

She had also taken over duties as Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) in November of 2013.

Smith-Reeve’s job description as Director of Emergency Management included managing “the state’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts,” according to DEMA’s website.

As DEMA’s deputy director, Smith-Reeve supported “the agency director/Adjutant General in ensuring agency alignment with the governor’s vision and priorities,” according to DEMA’s website.

Smith-Reeve is a current member and former president of the Arizona Emergency Services Association, according to DEMA’s website.

On Saturday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an $11.8 billion budget that includes $50 million to help with coronavirus response, his office announced in a press release.

That $50 million is for programs that have already been announced to help residents who need eviction assistance, small businesses that are struggling, food banks and homeless people, according to the release.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Julie Levin contributed to this report.

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