HARRISBURG – Gov. Edward G. Rendell appointed Robert P. French as the director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Since February 2004, French has served as the deputy adjutant general of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a Major General.
At PEMA, French will replace Brig. Gen. James Joseph, who will become the full-time deputy commanding general, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
“The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is our commonwealth’s first responder in times of crisis and I am confident Rob French will continue to enhance the agency’s outstanding ability to protect and serve our 12.4 million citizens,” said Rendell. “I also thank Jim Joseph for his leadership at PEMA and wish him well in his important new role.”
Prior to becoming deputy adjutant general, French served as chief of staff of Headquarters State Area Command. In this position, he coordinated staff and command actions at the state headquarters, as well as served as liaison between the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Governor’s Office and other state and federal agencies.
Gen. French was born in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, in 1950. In 1972, he enlisted in Company A, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, in Connellsville, Fayette County. He holds numerous decorations and awards.