Feds name Bellingham man as U.S. safety coordinator
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recently named Mark Beaty of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to be the U.S. Federal Coordinator for the 2009 World Police and Fire Games, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 2010 Paralympics and related events in the State of Washington.
Beaty, a Bellingham resident, heads the local CBP Air and Marine Branch in Washington state.
As a federal coordinator, Beaty will be secretary Chertoff’s primary federal point of contact for facilitating coordinated federal planning and support for the 2009 Games, the 2010 Olympics and related events. He will also be responsible for coordination of federal incident management and security assistance activities across the spectrum of prevention, protection, response and recovery.
As these events are primarily under the jurisdiction of provincial, state and local governments, the federal coordinator is responsible for coordination with state, local and private sector event planners and federal departments.
Chertoff said Beaty is a senior CBP manager familiar with border issues and has been participating in the interagency security preparations directed by Timothy Lowenberg for the state of Washington.
He began his career
with the U.S. Customs Service in 1990 as a pilot at the Tucson Air
Branch and was the U.S. Customs Airspace Security Coordinator for the
2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Upon graduation from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1977, Beaty served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1990. He flew in the Presidential Helicopter Squadron from 1983 to 1987.
After an inter-service transfer, Mr. Beaty flew with the 71st Special Operations Squadron and the 305th Combat Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, between 1991 and 2003. Beaty was activated for his last year, operating out of Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait. There, he served as director of operations as well as weapons and tactics officer and squadron commander. Beaty retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel in 2003.