CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Right now, there are a lot of city directors making big decisions on managing the coronavirus in Coral Springs.
One of them is Alexander Falcone, the city's new director of emergency management.
Officially, he’s in charge of emergency management, special events, and city security. Unofficially, he’s also part of the city’s public face through the pandemic, appearing at city commission meetings and Facebook Live events and helping release information to the public.
Calm and well-spoken, the former police officer is skilled at directing local government through emergencies and security issues – even though he’s about to turn 27-years-old.
“I’m an organizer. I’m a manager. I’m the person who brings the right people to the table and helps to break up a very large problem into small manageable pieces,” he said in an interview last week, just before Coral Springs declared a state of emergency.
Less than two months on the new job as director, Falcone has served as manager of emergency operations for Coral Springs since 2016. During the time, he helped lead the response to Hurricane Irma and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, as well as worked to centralize the city’s security at parks, city buildings, and other properties through better technology and management.
Now, in his new role, he expects more coordination on major events and emergencies such as hurricanes and now the coronavirus to hopefully minimize the things that can go wrong.
“I’m excited,” he said. “The opportunity that we have is second to none. We have an office that’s never existed before. We have technology that’s changing very rapidly and it’s prudent of us as a city to get ahead of this stuff.”
Before coming to work in Coral Springs, Falcone was an officer with the Cape May City Police Department and a mitigation planner and lead mitigation planner for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Falcone attended Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in public administration. He is also a graduate of the Public Safety Executive Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business and earned a graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Growing up in Philadelphia, he’s had an interest in technology for much of his life. His father has worked with security cameras at Honeywell.
Falcone knows he’s got a lot of responsibility in the weeks ahead with managing the city’s response to the coronavirus.
“There’s obviously opportunity for failure, but opportunity for success and opportunity to improve services for our residents far outweighs the doubts that I have,” he said.