Assistant Chief: Kevin Starbuck
Kevin Starbuck serves as an Assistant Chief with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Kevin came to TDEM in August 2021 to serve Region 1 and its 42 counties throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Texoma, and northeast Texas areas.
Prior to joining TDEM, Kevin served for 5 years as the Assistant/Deputy City Manager for the City of Amarillo, responsible for the city’s community services departments. Kevin’s career includes 20 years in emergency management with the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management and contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Pantex Plant. During his time in city management and emergency management, Kevin responded to all levels and types of natural and man-made incidents and disasters that impacted the Texas Panhandle region. Kevin is a local and regional leader, previously serving on the Panhandle Regional Emergency Management Advisory Committee and Board of Directors for the Guyon Saunders Resource Center, along with service to other community organizations.
Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas, a Certificate in Homeland Security through Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service, and a master’s degree in Security Studies, Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School Center of Homeland Defense and Security. Kevin is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM©), and Certified Public Manager (CPM®).
Kevin is a member, past president, and former board member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Kevin with his wife Kara have two boys, Jack and William, residing in the DFW area.