Friday, January 27,2023 08:22 PM
Coordinator John Sharp James
OEM Coordinator - John Sharp James

In August 2022, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka named John Sharpe James as Director of the City of Newark’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (OEM).

In August 2022, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka named John Sharpe James as Director of the City of Newark’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (OEM).

From 1992-1995, James attended Rutgers School of Law in Newark and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree. James continued his military service during Desert Storm in 1990 and a one-year tour of combat duty in Afghanistan from September 2007 through September 2008. During this tour, James served as an Infantry Ground Commander against the Taliban and Anti-Coalition Forces. Major James sustained injuries when he was blown up by an enemy explosive device which detonated under his vehicle. Major James retired from the United States Army in 2009 after 23 years of service with numerous awards and accolades including a Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Meritorious Service Medal.

James served as Emergency Management Coordinator and Safety Officer at Essex County Hospital Center from 2009-2022. There he was responsible for planning and coordinating the continued safety of patients and hospital operations during emergencies.

OEM Director James looks forward to increasing community engagements with Newark residents to help them better prepare for emergencies and to participate in the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Emergency Management Division

480 Clinton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07108
(973) 877-9259/9261