Scott Swanson selected as Deputy Director for Security, Safety and Law Enforcement at Bureau of Reclamation

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For Release: March 15, 2019

Scott Swanson
Scott Swanson
WASHINGTON —Bureau of Reclamation's Director for Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Karen Knight has announced the selection of Scott Swanson as the Deputy Director for SSLE. Swanson will be responsible for internal planning and operations for the organization.

"Ensuring the safety of Reclamation's infrastructure employees and the public is our number one priority in supporting the mission of the Bureau of Reclamation," Knight said. "The organizational experience that Scott has will make SSLE a better organization."

Swanson joined Reclamation in 2015 as a supervisor in the Policy and Administration, Program Services Office where he oversaw Programmatic Internal Controls and the Reclamation Manual. He moved to SSLE in 2017 as the chief of the Program and Emergency Management Office where he oversaw emergency management, continuity of operations and aviation for Reclamation.

He began his federal career in 2001 as a seasonal wildland firefighter for the National Park Service before moving to a senior wildland firefighter for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked for the Office of Inspector General as a management and program analyst from 2009 to 2015 where he specialized in continuous process improvement, organizational facilitation, and strategy management.

Swanson has a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University. He is a member in the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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