HOUSTON— Mayor Sylvester Turner held a press conference Tuesday to announce that George T. Buenik as the new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Buenik is a retired Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief and chairman of the 2017 Houston Super Bowl Public Safety Committee.
“Houston needs someone with strong leadership skills and extensive experience in emergency preparedness and crisis management to lead the Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, especially after Hurricane Harvey and other major events in the city,” Mayor Turner said. “I am confident George Buenik has the strategic vision to take charge before, during and after the next crisis.”
Buenik will assist the City in its preparedness activities to prevent, protect from, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural disasters or major emergencies. Also, through the Houston Emergency Center division, the Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security ensures that residents’ calls for police, fire, and emergency medical services are received, processed, and dispatched as quickly and accurately as possible.
“I look forward to getting back into public service,” Buenik said. “My number one priority will be to keep this city safe and secure. I will work closely with Mayor Turner and other city directors to ensure we are properly prepared to respond to and mitigate all disasters and major emergencies.”
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Buenik graduated with a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement from Western Illinois University and a master of science in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, the FBI National Academy, Leadership Houston and has additional advanced training.
Since 2014, he has worked as the Houston Texans Safety Security Auditor. The numerous professional awards he received include the Houston Police Department’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Houston Young Lawyers Association Liberty Bell and the National Police Week Manager of the Year award in 2002.
Buenik is on the board member of Crime Stoppers of Houston and is an advisory board member of Casa de Esperanza de los Niños.