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Auburn Public Safety hires Emergency Services Manager

May 10 2024

Auburn, Ala. - Patrick O’Hara has been hired as the City of Auburn’s emergency services manager. This new role has responsibility and oversight of emergency management and communications functions for the City.

He graduated with a bachelor of science in finance from Auburn University in 1990, an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1991, an associates of arts in Russian studies from the Defense Language Institute in 2005, a master of science in defense analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008 and a master of strategic studies from the Air University in 2016.

Patrick served in the U.S. Army for 26 years, most of it in Special Operations, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Over his military career, he received extensive specialized training and had six combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He earned numerous awards including the Legion of Merit, four Bronze Stars, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals and four Meritorious Service Medals.

After military retirement, Patrick joined the Auburn Police Department as a police officer in 2019. He most recently served as a sergeant in the Patrol Section.

Executive Director Will Mathews says, “We are thrilled to welcome Patrick O’Hara to the new role of emergency services manager. With a proven track record in strategic planning, exceptional leadership skills under pressure and a lifelong commitment to service, Patrick brings invaluable expertise to our team. We look forward to the positive impact he will make to our growing Public Safety Department and our local community.”