Lee Levesque is the Town of Bluffton’s new director of emergency management, effective January 28. Levesque will direct all aspects of the Town’s emergency management program and will also act as the Town’s risk manager. Prior to hiring Levesque, the emergency manager role was performed by various members of the Bluffton Police Department’s command staff.
“The need for a dedicated full-time emergency manager has never been more evident than the current COVID-19 pandemic we are still responding to on a daily basis,” Interim Town Manager Scott Marshall said. “Lee’s familiarity with the Town and his excellent reputation among the local and regional emergency response community make him a credible asset to the town from day one. I’m confident he can take our already excellent emergency management program to the next level and I am looking forward to his arrival.“
Levesque, formerly the community risk reduction officer for the Bluffton Township Fire District, said he is honored to use his more than 30 years’ experience in the prevention and preparation fields to be Bluffton’s first emergency management director.
“I have been a firefighter throughout my entire career, and I am ready to use my knowledge and experiences to prepare and respond to any event which Bluffton may face,” Levesque said. “Hiring an emergency management director is another sign of growth for Bluffton. It is also another indicator of how its leaders are dedicated to protecting this community as it takes a 360-degree view of how to mitigate risks.”
Levesque worked for Bluffton Township Fire District for more than six years as a risk reduction manager and public education-outreach coordinator. He was also a firefighter for Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District and a code enforcement officer for the City of Beaufort.
Levesque served in the U.S. Army and earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama.