Office Director Biographies

The Division is comprised of three offices: Preparedness, Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) and Emergency Management. Each office is lead by a director.

Preparedness Director and Acting Emergency Management Director Ezzie Michaels

Photo of Preparedness Director Ezzie MichaelsEzzie Michaels was appointed to the position of the Director of the Office of Preparedness within Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) in the Colorado Department of Department of Public Safety on November 3, 2016.  Michaels will also be the acting Emergency Management Director as DHSEM conducts an national search for a full time replacement.  Born and raised in Israel, Ezzie migrated to the U.S. to further his education. Ezzie holds a master degree in Homeland Security and an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver.

Ezzie began his career in the homeland security field with the State of Colorado in 2008. As a Grant Manager with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Ezzie managed various federal preparedness grant programs. His experience includes directing, overseeing, and managing all grant programs managed by the Office of Preparedness, including Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), State Homeland security Grant Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP), State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), and Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) involving stakeholders at the local, regional, Tribal Nations, and federal levels.

Before entering public service, Mr. Michaels held the IT Director position with multiple public held companies. Ezzie is married and has two children.


CIAC Director Captain J.P. Burt

Photo of Director JP BurtCaptain J.P. Burt is the Commander of the Colorado State Patrol Homeland Security Section. He serves the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as the Director of the Colorado Information Analysis Center. Captain Burt also oversees the Colorado State Patrol Intelligence Unit and the Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center.

Captain Burt is an eleven year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol and has previously served roles as a Field Training Officer, a Corporal, a field Sergeant, a specialty section Sergeant, and section Commander within the Criminal Investigations Branch of the Colorado State Patrol.