"Deputy Regional Administrators play a very important part within the agency," said Russell. "Tony Robinson brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to this position, and will work very closely with our state and local partners to serve the people of the five Region 6 states - Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas."
Robinson has been with FEMA since 1987. He has served as the FEMA Region 6 Recovery Division Director for the past seven years, where he was responsible for the administration of recovery programs in the five regional states. He has also provided leadership and oversight during federally declared disasters such as hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav.
"I am honored to be taking on this new role at FEMA Region 6," said Robinson. "I look forward to using my experience to help ensure that our state and local partners, individuals and families are all better prepared to respond to and recover from disasters."
Robinson fills the position which was vacated by Gary Jones upon his retirement in December 2011. Jones served as FEMA Region 6 Deputy Regional Administrator for 17 years.