Chief of Public Health Services

Contact: ray@dsideas.com


Ray Runo is a senior executive manager with over 33 years of operational and strategic management experience in emergency management, human resources, occupational health and safety, and law enforcement. During his 26 year tenure with the City of Tallahassee he developed and managed the City’s Emergency Management Program. He also served as a Human Resources Administrator, where he developed and managed programs in the areas of: workplace violence, drug testing, employee background screening, occupational health and safety, and performance management systems. He also served as a police supervisor where he managed the Narcotics Enforcement section, and later the Special Operations Section, which included special events and tactical police operations. Additionally, he served as a training supervisor where he developed and oversaw the implementation of numerous training programs including; tactical police operations, officer safety, tactical police driving, and the field training officer program. 

Upon retiring from the City in 2002, he served with the State of Florida Department of Health as an EMS disaster planner where he oversaw the department’s EMS Homeland Security Funding Grants. In 2004 he was appointed as the Director of Emergency Operations for the Department of Health and the State Emergency Coordination Officer for ESF 8. His responsibilities included managing Florida’s Public Health and Medical preparedness and response system through 12 hurricanes, 18 tropical storms, wildfires, flooding, and other all-hazard events. In 2009-2010 he served as the State’s Incident Commander for the H1N1 Influenza response. During his tenure he managed the development of a comprehensive and integrated public health and healthcare emergency management response system, recognized as a best practice throughout the country. He also initiated the Unified Planning Coalition, which included public health and medical systems throughout the FEMA region four states, and is still recognized as a national model for building effective working interstate coalitions for disasters. He has been a keynote speaker/panel member for numerous state (33) and federal meetings and conferences related public health and healthcare issues. 

In 2010, Mr. Runo joined the DSI staff as a Senior Manager, specializing in the area of emergency management systems, specifically in the area of Public Health and Healthcare issues. Based on his work experience he is recognized as an expert instructor and facilitator. Additionally, he has developed and led numerous HSEEP compliant exercises ranging from discussion based workshops to full scale exercises on a wide range of emergency management and public health and healthcare concentrations.