CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The city has appointed Alexander Falcone to serve as director of emergency management, special events, and city security, Coral Springs officials announced on Thursday.

Officials said Falcone began his career with the city by serving as emergency manager in 2016. Before that, he was a seasonal law enforcement officer with the Cape May City Police Department and a mitigation planner and lead mitigation planner for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He has experience managing various types of emergencies at both the state and local levels.

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.

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Coral Springs City Manager Frank Babinec said: “Alex has demonstrated great leadership in the field of emergency management during and after weather-related events like Hurricane Irma and in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy. Promoting Alex to serve as Director of Emergency Management, Special Events & City Security will not only ensure our City’s resiliency but prepare and prevent potential hazards.”

As the director, Falcone will continue to oversee the Office of Emergency Management, direct the security strategies for city facilities and develop safety operational plans for large-scale, city-run events. His salary was not immediately available.