Lee’s Summit City Manager Stephen Arbo has been appointed to serve as co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC) – a policy committee of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors. MARC Board Chair Curt Skoog announced City Manager Arbo’s appointment to the committee.

“Steve is ideally suited for this role—he has strong insights into public safety systems, he is skillful in helping diverse groups coalesce around common goals, and he is well regarded for his fair and thoughtful approach to public service,” said Chairman Skoog, who also serves as a city council member in Overland Park, Kansas. “ He has earned confidence of local leaders across the region, and we are grateful for his leadership in this critical position.”

The RHSCC provides leadership to the region’s efforts to enhance capabilities to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from a broad range of threats and hazards, including terrorism, by strengthening relationships between jurisdictions and across disciplines; outlining protocols for regional action; maximizing the sharing and coordination of resources; and enhancing the capabilities of first responders/receivers through equipment, training and exercise investments; and improving early detection and mitigation of hazards and threats.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for me to work with our neighboring communities and the MARC organization. Our ability to respond to significant public safety threats, whether they are acts of terrorism, natural disaster, or in some other form, is of great importance to our citizens. The work of RHSCC creates the opportunity for us to be well-prepared for our multi-jurisdictional responses to protect our communities,” said City Manager Arbo about the new appointment.

He has served as city manager for the City of Lee’s Summit since September 2008 and prior to that he served as the interim city manager in 2007 and was the deputy city manager of the jurisdiction from 2001 to 2007. During his tenure in Lee’s Summit, the community has seen substantial growth in both the residential and commercial sectors. He has been privileged to be one of the staff team leaders helping the City during this growth period and preparing the organization for future challenges.

In this additional leadership role, City Manager Arbo is one of the elected and appointed leaders from the nine counties in the region. Others on the committee representing the City of Lee’s Summit are Mayor Randy Rhoads and Assistant Fire Chief Dan Manley. As a collective body, all of the individuals serving on the committee oversee regional emergency preparedness and homeland security grants funds to ensure that these opportunities are known and leveraged.

Congratulations to City Manager Arbo on this outstanding regional appointment.