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Clairmont Named to HI-EMA Executive Officer Post

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Hawai'i Emergency Management headquarters. HI-EMA file photo.

Hawai’i Emergency Management headquarters. HI-EMA file photo.

Toby Clairmont was announced as the new executive officer for the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency by the State Department of Defense on Friday.

Clairmont began his role on Jan. 11 and reports directly to Administrator of Emergency Management Vern Miyagi. Miyagi was appointed to the role by Governor David Ige when Doug Mayne resigned in September 2015.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong pair of experienced and committed emergency management professionals leading the charge to prepare the people of Hawai’i for disasters and overseeing the response to emergencies in our state,” said Major General Arthur “Joe” Logan, Adjutant General and Director of Emergency Management.


Clairmont’s primary responsibility will be to act as deputy to the administrator by assisting to make sure daily operations are running effectively and efficiently. In addition, Clairmont will direct activities of support staff working in the Finance and Administration Section and Logistics Section.

Drafting and implementing HI-EMA’s internal administrative policies are also the responsibility of Clairmont. He will also assist the administrator in preparing biennial and supplemental operating budgets for the agency.

Before joining Hi-EMA’s senior staff, Clairmont served as the director of emergency services for the Healthcare Association of Hawai’i, a role he held since 2002.


Raised in Hawai’i, Clairmont is a University of Hawai’i at Manoa alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He also received advanced leadership training at the University of North Carolina, and is a board Certified Emergency Manager.

In 2000, Clairmont retired from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps following 25 years of active and reserve military service. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (four awards), and various other awards and special skill badges.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Toby to our emergency management team,” said Miyagi. “I am confident that Toby’s extensive experience, both in Hawai’i and abroad, is sure to be a great asset to our emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts statewide.”

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