Mayor Gavin Newsom on Friday named longtime city employee and former Harvey Milk campaign manager Anne Kronenberg to head the Department of Emergency Management, a position that has been a revolving door for at least two administrations.
Kronenberg will replace Vicki Hennessy who is retiring after 35 years with The City. By all accounts, Hennessy had brought an unheard of level of stability to the department – which oversees the 911 call center and administers federal Homeland Security dollars.
The choice of Kronenberg is an intriguing one. She is currently the director of policy and planning at the Department of Public Health, so she brings more of a health background than a public safety one.
Also of note is the timing of the appointment. Kronenberg’s old boss Mitch Katz just left the health department for Los Angeles and was replaced by Barbara Garcia. Garcia and Kronenberg were equals at the health department but Garcia got the promotion.
One big plus: Kronenberg can get her pal Sean Penn to do a public service announcement for disaster preparedness, said one City Hall insider.