DPSCS Executive Staff
J. Michael Zeigler, Acting Secretary
J. Michael Zeigler was appointed Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services on Wednesday January 6, 2016. He was selected unanimously by the candidate review panel following a nationwide search.
Mr. Zeigler’s previous experience has been as the Executive Director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, responsible for regulating and enforcing the training and certification standards for all Maryland police, correctional officers, and training academies. The commissions also provide training and professional development sessions to public safety and criminal justice employees from public and private agencies in Maryland and from other states. With six years of experience as the Internal Affairs Program Administrator for the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, located in Rockville, MD, he was responsible for ensuring the integrity of the department through timely and accurate investigations into all departmental internal affairs matters.
Mr. Zeigler has extensive emergency management experience from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), starting as the Manager of Regional Programs in 2004 and then as the Assistant Director of Operations until 2007. He brought with him over 28 years of law enforcement experience from the Maryland State Police (MSP). Prior to accepting employment with MEMA, Mr. Zeigler was a Major in the Maryland State Police, commanding 1/3 of the field operations force. During his tenure with the MSP, he was an Instructor in the police academy, an Assistant Commander of a Barrack, and a Critical Care Flight Paramedic for a period of 16 years with the MSP Aviation Division.
Mr. Zeigler also brings 47 years of both paid and volunteer firefighter, paramedic experience. Trained as a Medical Specialist in the United States Army, and still certified as a Nationally-Registered Paramedic, he continues to follow his passion for the fire service as a life member of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department.
He is a certified Emergency Services Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Instructor, State and National Paramedic Evaluator, and an Anti-terrorism Instructor.
Most notably in 2000, Mr. Zeigler was honored as the MSP Flight Paramedic of the Year and in 2002 as the Damascus Fire Department Firefighter of the Year. He also received a Governor’s Citation in 2004 for his performance during a gun battle. During Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Zeigler served as Incident Commander for a large medical services mission in Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes in Louisiana, for which he was honored with the Maryland Defense Force’s Humanitarian Award.He received his B.S. with honors from the University of Maryland University College, and his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.