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 Ezzie Michaels
Ezzie Michaels was appointed to the position of the Director of the Office of Preparedness within Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Colorado Department of Department of Public Safety on November 3, 2016. 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.
Emergency Management Director Marilyn Gally
Marilyn Gally was appointed as the new director for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management on July 19, 2016. Gally began her career with the State of Colorado more than 19 years ago with the Colorado Department of Transportation. She transferred in August 1999 to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.
She has served as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, State Public Assistance Officer, State Individual Assistance Officer, Chief of Mitigation and Recovery, Duty Officer, backup Public Information Officer and most recently as the Acting Emergency Management Director.
Gally was born and raised in upstate New York. After college she migrated to Florida, where she worked various jobs, got married and went to graduate school. Deciding Tallahassee was too hot and humid to settle down permanently, Marilyn and David packed a truck and headed for the beautiful State of Colorado, where they could ski to their hearts’ content. Soon after arriving in 1997, Marilyn started her career in state government.
Gally holds three degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Science from the State University of New York and Masters degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Florida State University.
Fun fact: One of Marilyn’s most interesting jobs was as programs manager for the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was there she learned to handle reptiles (snakes, iguanas, and alligators), arthropods (mostly tarantulas), and birds of prey.
CIAC Director Captain J.P. Burt
Captain 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.