Jeff Thomas, Deputy Executive Director
Jeff’s public service career began in the 1970s as a municipal police officer in Northeastern Pennsylvania and then as a uniformed officer in what was then the Commonwealth’s only maximum security institution for the criminally insane. Jeff was part of the emergency response team at the institution, and was also active as a volunteer in the fire and ambulance departments in his municipality.
In the late 1980s, his career shifted from the uniformed officer ranks to a more administrative track when he became the labor relations chief at the same institution where he had served as the union president, a transition that Jeff describes as “very interesting.”
His career progressed to increasing responsiblity in administrative and leadership positions such as Labor Relations Analyst at what is now the state Department of Human Services; Labor Relations Chief at PennDOT; Director of Administrative Services at DMVA; Special Assistant to the Secretary of Administration; and Deputy Director for Administration at PEMA before his retirement in 2010. Jeff also has experience in the labor relations arena in the private sector.
Jeff is extremely excited to return to PEMA as the Executive Deputy Director and looks forward to serving the citizens of the Commonwealth as he works with Director Flinn to ensure that PEMA is the best emergency management agency in the country.