Jerome Hauer

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Jerome M. Hauer
Commissioner, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
In office
October 2011 – December 2014
Appointed byAndrew M. Cuomo
Succeeded byJohn Melville[1]
Director, NYC Office of Emergency Management
In office
February, 1996 – February 2000
Appointed byRudolph Giuliani
Succeeded byRichard J. Sheirer

Jerome M. Hauer is the chief executive officer of a consulting firm, The Hauer Group LLC. He has also held several governmental positions related to emergency management in the states of New York and Indiana. He has also worked as a member of the Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals board of directors.

Hauer served as New York State's Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services from October, 2011 until December 2014.[2][3]

Commissioner Hauer with NYS Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota discussing the response to Hurricane Sandy

Hauer was the acting assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (OPHP) within the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from 2002-2024.[4] He was appointed by HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on May 5, 2002 and served until replaced on April 28, 2004. In this role, Hauer was responsible for coordinating the country’s medical and public health preparedness and response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism.[5]

Hauer was the director of the Indiana Department of Emergency Management from 1989 to 1993 during the gubernatorial administration of Evan Bayh. Hauer joined IBM in 1993 to manage programs for Hazardous Materials Response and Crisis Management and Fire Safety. For his production of related training videos he received the International Film and TV Critics of New York Bronze award in 1996. In the early 1990s he received a master's degree in emergency medical services from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now known as the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) and later became a member of the Johns Hopkins Working Group on Civilian Bio Defense. He wrote several articles on possible bio terrorist attacks.

On September 11, 2001, Jerome Hauer was a national security advisor with the Department of Health and Human Services, and a managing director with Kroll Associates.

New York City Office of Emergency Management[edit]

Jerome M. Hauer was the first director of Mayor Giuliani's Office of Emergency Management when Giuliani shifted responsibility for the city's emergency preparedness from the police department to the new agency. In his OEM role, Hauer oversaw the decision to open a crisis center at 7 World Trade Center. The center was destroyed when the 47-story tower collapsed at about 5:25 p.m. on 9-11.[6] He left the role in 2000.[7]


  1. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Administration Appointments". Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Biography Of Jerome M. Hauer". Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments to the New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services". Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  4. ^ Abelson, Jenn. "Boom-and-bust federal funding after 9/11 undercut hospitals' preparedness for pandemics". Retrieved 2022-07-13.
  5. ^ "Jerome Hauer". Center for Humanitarian Health. Retrieved 2022-07-13.
  6. ^ Miller, Judith (1999-06-08). "With Crisis in Mind, Center Opens". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-07-13.
  7. ^ Odato, James (2012-07-02). "Homeland security chief's security officer is a retiree who's supposed to be working for the AG". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 2022-07-13.

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Government offices
Preceded by
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Succeeded by
John Melville
New office Director, NYC Office of Emergency Management
Succeeded by