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Joseph Theobald

Director Theobald was named Ocean City Emergency Services Director by the Mayor and City Council in May of 2005.  As Director, he is responsible for and has final authority for the four Divisions that make up Emergency Services within the Town: the Beach Patrol Division, Communications Division, Electronic Services Division, and the Emergency Management Division.  On December 20, 2005, Mr. Joseph J. Theobald was sworn in as the new Ocean City Emergency Management Director, by appointment of the Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.


The Beach Patrol Division employees 200 surf rescue technicians who educate and guard the 8.5 million annual visitors who enjoy the beaches of Ocean City.  The Communications Division is a full-service public safety dispatch center and 911 public safety answering point (PSAP).  The Electronic Services Division maintains the 800 MHz EDAC radio system for the city. The Emergency Management Division coordinates public safety response for all hazards, and oversees planning, response, recovery and mitigation concerns for the Town.    


Prior to his service with the Town of Ocean City, he resided in the State of New Jersey. Director Theobald was previously employed in law enforcement, and retired with 29 years of service as a command officer with a municipal police department.  Additionally, he has 40 years in the fire service, and served for a number of years as the Chief of a municipal fire department.  Director Theobald has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice/Education.   


Brian bauer

Brian Bauer has served in emergency management since 2008. Currently, Brian serves as a National Capital Region (NCR) Planner and State’s Prevention and Protection Coordinator with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. As an NCR Planner, Brian conducts multi-jurisdictional contingency planning across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. As the State Prevention and Protection Mission Area Coordinator, Brian coordinates projects and plans for special events, critical infrastructure protection, complex coordinated terrorist attacks, and cybersecurity. Brian has participated in the planning and operations for large special events including the 2016 Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore, 2017 Presidential Inauguration, 2017 President’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress, and 2017 Ocean City Air Show.

In addition to his preparedness efforts, Brian has experience working in emergency operations centers (EOCs) serving as the Planning Section Chief or other planning section positions. Brian has been deployed to support EOCs during the 2015 Baltimore Riots, 2016 Ellicott City Flooding, 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and the 2017 Kent Island Tornado.

Brian currently serves as the Deputy Coordinator for the new Maryland Incident Management Team, which provides incident management and EOC support during incidents or events.

Prior to joining the MEMA, Brian served at as the Homeland Security Planner with the Harford County Department of Emergency Services. Brian also, worked for the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security and served as consultant to government agencies. During graduate school, Brian worked with the City of Pittsburgh Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. While in Pittsburgh, Brian support the 2009 G-20 Summit, as a national special security event.

Brian earned a Master of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. While attending the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs, Brian served as a research fellow conducting analytical research on terrorism, security operations, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.


Michelle Lloyd

Michelle Lloyd is the Deputy Emergency Manager for Cecil County, Maryland, and is a Certified Emergency Manager. She has a Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management from Philadelphia University and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from the University of Maryland University College. She is also a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and EMS Instructor. Michelle is a die-hard parrothead, loves trivia, and enjoys supporting her home teams of the Ravens and O’s.


Marianne Souders

Marianne manages the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s Planning Division. The planning division is responsible for coordinating with multiple county departments, agencies, as well as public and private partners to develop emergency plans and preparedness initiatives. Additionally, the Planning Division is responsible for community engagement and outreach activities that enhance the awareness and preparedness abilities of the citizens who live and work in Montgomery County.