Summit County Sheriff’s Office hires emergency management director, new detentions commander to run jail |

Summit County Sheriff’s Office hires emergency management director, new detentions commander to run jail

Emergency management director Brian Bovaird.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office / Special to the Daily |

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has hired a new detentions commander to run the Summit County Jail and a new emergency management director who will coordinate inter-agency response to emergencies and disasters. Both hires began in their new roles on Jan. 22.

David Bertling relocated from the Austin, Texas, area to accept the top job at the jail, vacated by the departure of Erik Bourgerie in November. Bertling began his career in law enforcement in 1999 with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, in Georgetown, Texas. He became a corrections captain in January 2005, and remained in the position until 2016. He served as a corrections officer, peace officer and a training instructor.

Bertling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baptist Bible College, in Springfield, Missouri, with honors in 1991. In 2003, he graduated the Texas Peace Officer Academy from Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas. He attended Sam Houston State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management in 2013.

Brian Bovaird relocated from Baltimore, Maryland, to assume his role as the emergency management director. Bovaird holds a Masters of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and is a Certified Emergency Manager.

While in Maryland, Bovaird served as director of operations for the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. His daily responsibilities found him managing more than 40 emergency management specialists trained in field response and EOC management, advising senior leadership and elected officials, administering regional training initiatives and overseeing the operations of all special events in Baltimore.

Bovaird is credited with developing an Incident Management Team for the Baltimore Police Department and enhancing their incident command capabilities.

“During Baltimore’s civil unrest in 2015, Brian’s experience managing and coordinating dozens of protests was put to the test,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “Additionally, he has coordinated multiple presidential disaster declarations and served as a Deputy Incident Commander for several of the largest events in the history of Baltimore City.”

“The Sheriff’s Office is honored to be welcoming two well-qualified individuals, with a demonstrated commitment to public safety and community service, to the organization,” Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said in a statement. “Both David and Brian’s experience and education will be a great addition to the already dedicated and hardworking men and women of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.”

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