Meet the Team
The La Plata County Office of Emergency Management team includes all La Plata Couunty employees, volunteers, several public safety entities within the County, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and FEMA. We maintain partnerships with public and private entities, volunteer groups and government agencies.
Office of Emergency Management
Shawna A. Legarza, PsyD
Director of Emergency Management
Shawna was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern Nevada and entered the firefighting profession as an engine crewmember for the Bureau of Land Management. She has recently retired as the National Director of Fire and Aviation for the United States Forest Service, where she worked for four years in Washington, DC. She spent 31 years working for the federal government in fire and aviation management. Shawna held numerous leadership positions across the Country for both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. These positions include Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, Safety Officer and many years working as a hotshot crew member. Shawna started the San Juan Hotshot crew as the Superintendent in 2002, worked as the Dispatch Center Manager in Grand Junction, was the District Fire Management Officer in Bayfield, CO, and the Forest Fire Management Officer on the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. Prior to her position in Washington DC, she was the Regional Fire and Aviation Director for the Forest Service in California.
In addition to her fire experience, she worked at the World Trade Center 9/11 recovery efforts, Hurricane Rita and the Greensburg Tornado. She has also traveled internationally to the recent fires in Australia, Brazil and Mexico. Shawna has a Doctorate in Psychology, a Master of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology and Teaching. She is a graduate of the National Wildland Fire Apprenticeship Program Academy.
Emergency Management Coordinator
Partner Agencies and Groups
La Plata County Office of Emergency Management works closely with various stakeholder throughout the county and the MACG (Multi Agency Coordination Group) to ensure preparedness and share a common goal towards building a resilient community.