Carol Parks, Club Member, promoted to lead EMD.

Carol Is New GM

Carol Parks

Emergency Management: Carol Parks, formerly Assistant General Manager, Emergency Management Dept. and #ReadyLA, was promoted to General Manager last September. She has 23 years of City service and is a Club Member.

She succeeds Aram Sahakian, who retired last year, as General Manager.

Alive! featured Aram, Carol and the Emergency Management team for our cover story in January 2021.

As Carol told Alive! last year, she’s from Atlanta and was in the Emergency Management profession prior to moving to LA in 1995. She majored in industrial management as well as adult education and “I fell into the profession. I started out in a clerical position, and then when I left I was working for Georgia Emergency Management. We were prepping for the 1996 Olympics there, and I had a major role with hazmat planning.” After moving to LA, she joined the City in 1998. I became the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator I at the time. I stayed in that capacity until about 2000 when I became an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator II overseeing community preparedness activities.” She was promoted to Assistant General Manager in April 2020.

Carol Parks in the City’s Emergency Preparedness Center with Aram Sahakian, then EMD’s General Manager, as pictured in the January 2021 Alive!

“Our role is a very important one because we serve four million people.”

No doubt her vast experience managing emergency operations during Atlanta’s hosting of the Olympics will prove valuable as LA prepares to do the same in 2028.

Congratulations, Carol!