From Steven R. Cover, Deputy City Manager-Public Safety, City of Virginia Beach
As the Fire Chief for a metropolitan sized city, I was fortunate enough to be offered a seat in the Executive Leaders Program. My 35 plus year background in the fire service, coupled with many years of work in the disaster preparation and response field provided a great frame of reference for this program. The level of learning, networking and interaction with like professionals across the spectrum of homeland security was truly enlightening. Little did I know during my time in the program that I would become the Deputy City Manager for Public Safety in my city. This program has provided me with increased knowledge, research and best practices along with a network of professionals that I can call on as I strive to make my city a safer place to live, work and play.