Council names new DelCo emergency director

Delaware County Council formally announced a new emergency services director during its weekly meeting on Nov. 30. Veteran career firefighter and homeland security professional Timothy Boyce will take over as director of emergency services and emergency management, replacing Edwin Truitt who retired after 40 years of dedicated service to the county.

Timothy Boyce

Timothy Boyce

Boyce, whose career in public service spans 35 years, most recently served as the deputy chief for the Upper Darby Fire Department, and Homeland Security Director for the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.

Boyce began his career in public service in 1982 as a volunteer firefighter with the Upper Darby Fire Department and was named deputy chief of Fire Operations in 1989. Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Boyce personally led two teams of firefighters to assist at Ground Zero in New York.

He later entered graduate school at St. Joseph University to study school safety and emergency management. He now holds a master’s of science degree in public safety from St. Joe’s and a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Temple University.

In 2007, he was appointed as the Delaware County District Attorney’s office first community preparedness coordinator under former District Attorney Michael Green, A year later he was named the county’s first homeland security director under current District Attorney Jack Whelan. As the homeland security director, he worked with police departments, fire departments, EMS officials, schools, public safety agencies, community organizations and businesses to identify and address homeland security and public safety concerns.

“Tim Boyce is a dedicated public servant and an experienced leader in public safety. His expertise and leadership makes him an exemplary candidate for this position,” said Council Chairman Mario Civera Jr. “County Council is thrilled to have him lead our skilled staff at the 911 Center.”

Boyce has made presentations locally and nationally on behalf of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Department of Education, the Department of Defense Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, universities, health care systems and Fortune 500 companies. He has also led panel discussions for international journalists and Middle Eastern officials on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and the National Democratic Institute Campaign Candidates in Washington, D.C.

“I look forward to leading and collaborating with our experienced and dedicated Emergency Services Team and with police, fire and EMS from across the county,” said Tim Boyce. “Safety and the well-being of our residents and first responders is our top priority.”

As emergency services director, Boyce will oversee a staff of 125 police and fire dispatchers and other administrative and support providers, a team that annually handles more than a million requests for emergency services. Boyce will also plan and coordinate the county’s response to emergencies and natural disasters.

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