- Category: Office of Emergency Management
Richard McBrayer is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Victoria County and the City of Victoria. He and his staff are responsible for planning and preparedness activities, as well as coordination of major emergency responses and recovery efforts for all of Victoria County.
He has been with the Office of Emergency Management since June 2007 and acted as Interim Director/EMC from December 2007 to May 2008. Richard McBrayer hails from the South Texas area where he graduated high school in Beeville and attended Texas State University in San Marcos. While attending Texas State University, he began his 15 year career in the field of Law Enforcement, Public Service, and Emergency Management, and has held positions at both local and state levels as a Volunteer Fire Fighter, 911 Operator, 911 Communications Center Manager, Police Support Manager, State Police Officer, and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.
David Gonzales is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Victoria County and City of Victoria. He was born and raised in Victoria. He attended Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where he earned a B.S. in Kinesiology.
He previously served for three years as the Trauma Service Area -S Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Coordinator for the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC). As TSA-S HPP Coordinator, David directed regional emergency preparedness and response activities for the 10 hospitals in the Golden Crescent Region. He also coordinated planning and response efforts with state and local agencies including first responders, emergency management, healthcare, private industry and volunteer agencies. Before his position as HPP Coordinator, David served seven years as the Victoria County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
Ms. Bedford has worked for the Office of Emergency Management since July 2012, having previously resided in McCall, Idaho. She is a trained anthropological practitioner with skills in a wide range of research techniques, bringing an holistic approach to emergency planning.
Ms Bedford holds a Master's of Science in Applied Anthropology, focusing in Emergency Management and Disasters, from the University of North Texas, Denton, where she served the Ethnic Studies department as a graduate research assistant. She completed her Bachelor's of Art in Cultrual Anthropology, with a Native American Studies minor, from Boise State University in Idaho. At Boise State, she received an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research" for research efforts she conducted with the Anthropology department and Boise State's Wildland Fire archive.
Ms. Bedford has over ten years of disaster response experience, having worked with the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management as a Wildland Fire Dispatcher and also performing disaster logistics roles. She has worked on multiple complex incidents at the federal, state, and local levels; dispatching fire personnel, equipment, and aircraft: managing the movement of fire supplies, personnel, and other resources to and from Incident Services, she received multiple awards of merit for excellence. Ms. Bedford has extensive knowledge in conducting disaster preparedness assessments, has had her research peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Emergency Management, is a graduate of the Boise State University Basic Fire School, and is a FEMA Professional Development Certificate recipient.
Ms. Jena West is the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Victoria County Public Health Department. She is originally from Missouri City, Texas and moved to Victoria to further her education. She attended the University of Houston-Victoria, where she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice as well as a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Criminal Justice & Homeland and International Security.
She also served as Student Government Association President and played softball for the Jaguars to wrap up her 18-year softball career. Ms. West has extensive knowledge in the criminal justice field as well as international and domestic terrorism.
She was previously employed as a Senior Recruitment Coordinator for the University of Houston-Victoria, where she contributed greatly to the recruitment and enrollment of the undergraduate cohort. She aided the recruitment team in coordinating many prospective students events including Jaguar Days and Advising & Registration Days, all while recruiting students in the Coastal Bend area.