Monday, February 4, 2013

GlobalPittsburgh Arranges Meetings for French Mayor Studying Emergency Response, Governance, Elections

GlobalPittsburgh recently arranged two days of programming in the Pittsburgh area for Mr. David Le Solliec, mayor of Gourin, a town in northwestern France. Mr. Le Solliec was invited to the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to observe emergency response coordination, city governance and security, law enforcement oversight, first responders operations, and local elections.

At the Westmoreland
County Department of
Public Safety
Gourin faces problems like rural migration to urban areas, the closing of small businesses and unfavorable implementation of farming quota policies. Mr. Le Solliec addresses these issues as mayor of Gourin and as an elected member of the Regional Council of Brittany, where he serves on a commission on environment, economic development and offshore wind energy.

Mr. Le Solliec is also a reserve lieutenant-colonel in the Gendarmerie (government police force) and is responsible for the defense and communication of the Gendarmerie at the district level. He is also a pilot and volunteer firefighter.

During his stay in the Pittsburgh area from Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2013, Mr. Le Solliec met with:

Mark Wolosik
Division Manager
Elections Division
Allegheny County

Assistant Chief Maurita Bryant
Operations Branch
City of Pittsburgh Police Headquarters

Paul McKrell
Government Affairs Manager
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Michael Brooker
Director
Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety

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