§ 7502.  Local coordinator of emergency management.
        (a)  General rule.--Each local organization of emergency
     management shall have a coordinator who shall be responsible for
     the planning, administration and operation of the local
     organization subject to the direction and control of the
     executive officer or governing body.
        (b)  County coordinator.--A coordinator shall be appointed in
     all counties with approval of the director of the agency. The
     executive officer or governing body of the county shall
     recommend a coordinator whose recommendation must be endorsed by
     the director of the agency prior to appointment by the Governor.
     Upon failure of the executive officer or governing body of the
     county to make a recommendation of a person for coordinator
     within the time fixed by the agency, the Governor is authorized
     to appoint a coordinator based upon the recommendation of the
     director of the agency. The coordinator of the county
     organization shall not be assigned any duties that will conflict
     with his duty as coordinator.
        (c)  Local level.--At the local level, the coordinator shall
     be appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the
     executive officer or governing body of the political
     subdivision. Upon the failure of the executive officer or
     governing body of a political subdivision to make a
     recommendation to the Governor of a candidate for coordinator
     within the time fixed by the agency, the Governor is authorized
     to appoint a coordinator without any recommendation. A candidate
     for coordinator for two or more political subdivisions may be
     recommended to the Governor for appointment upon agreement by
     resolution of the governing bodies of such political
     subdivisions. Any other law notwithstanding, a local government
     official may be recommended for appointment.
        (d)  Qualifications.--The coordinator shall be professionally
     competent and capable of planning, effecting coordination among
     operating agencies of government and controlling coordinated
     operations by local emergency preparedness forces.
        (e)  In-service training.--Each appointed coordinator shall:
            (1)  Attend and successfully complete the first phase of
        the career development program as prescribed by the agency
        within one year after appointment.
            (2)  Attend and successfully complete the second phase of
        the career development program as prescribed by the agency
        within three years after appointment.
            (3)  Attend basic and advanced seminars, workshops and
        training conferences called by the State director and/or
        official having responsibility for providing the coordinator
        with in-service training.
     Failure to attend the instruction described in this subsection
     or failure to attend a prescribed training conference for a
     period of two consecutive years shall be cause for replacement.
     The State Director of Emergency Management may grant credit
     toward meeting the requirements of this subsection to appointed
     local coordinators on the basis of prior experience and
     training.
        (f)  Responsibility for training.--Responsibility for the
     professional in-service training of each coordinator rests with
     each successive higher political subdivision than the one in
     which the coordinator is functioning.
        (g)  Expenses.--Each appointed coordinator shall be
     reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of
     his duties and attendance at scheduled meetings.

        Cross References.  Section 7502 is referred to in section
     7707 of this title.