Walter Topp

Walter is Administrator of the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management.  He serves as the Director of the Cuyahoga County emergency management agency.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree (Psychology) from John Carroll University and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Cleveland State University.  He also has a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

Walter was appointed to his present position with the Office of Emergency Management in 2012 following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, where he was serving in the rank of commander.  His final active duty assignment was at the Wargaming Center of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. During his career he served in a variety of shipboard and staff assignments, including a one year tour in Iraq on the staff of the Multi-National Force; two years at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt; and fleet staff assignments in Hawaii, Japan, Bahrain, and Italy.  He also worked for nine years on the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department and for several years as a technical writer and newspaper reporter.

At the Office of Emergency Management their focus is on preparedness and their primary programs are OEM staff readiness, municipal readiness, and public readiness.  Cuyahoga county is certified as “Storm Ready” by the National Weather Service.

His presentation is entitled “Destructive Weather Response in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.”

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