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Mayor Keller Appoints Director of Emergency Management

Michael Riley, 30-year Navy Veteran, brings extensive experience in crisis management and interagency coordination.
February 23, 2024

Mayor Tim Keller has appointed a new director to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for the City of Albuquerque. Michael Riley will lead the department to prepare, plan, and respond to emergencies to support Albuquerque residents and neighbors across the state. In just the past few years, the Office of Emergency Management was critical in responding to the COVID pandemic, as well as supporting New Mexicans who came to Albuquerque for services during the devastating Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire.  

“Michael’s experience is an enormous asset to our city and to all of those who lean on Albuquerque for support in times of need,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “As the largest city within 1,000 square miles, we have a responsibility to provide quality services and coordinated efforts to keep our families safe during crises or emergencies. We look forward to Michael’s leadership as he joins the dedicated and proven team at OEM.” 

Michael comes to the City of Albuquerque, after a 30-year career as a US Navy Officer.  He also had a brief post-military career as a satellite systems analyst in the defense sector.  Michael brings a wealth of experience in crisis management, contingency planning, and focused decision-making.  Michael holds advanced degrees and certifications from the University of New Mexico, the US Naval War College, and the National Defense University.  During his military service, Michael has commanded warships, served with the State Department in Iraq, and with NATO in Afghanistan.  Michael is also very experienced in leading and coordinating interagency, joint, and international crisis response operations.  Michael’s interests include aviation, history, computer-based simulation, and world affairs. 

Michael is replacing Roger Ebner, who retired at the beginning of the year.