Overacker named Pandemic Safety Director

Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna today announced his appointment of John Overacker to the position of Pandemic Safety Director, a new title created to reflect the enhanced safety coordination efforts taken by the Town of Perinton since the start of the pandemic. Wednesday, the Town Board unanimously approved the appointment, which took effect immediately.

“John Overacker has the unique blend of qualifications necessary to help lead our Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hanna. “A proven leader and respected voice in our town, I am proud to entrust John with the responsibility of protecting the safety and security of our employees and residents as Pandemic Safety Director. Our community is in good hands with his extensive knowledge and expertise.”

Overacker presently serves as a Zoning Officer in the Department of Building and Codes, and will take on this new title in addition to his current duties. As Pandemic Safety Director, Overacker will continue to work directly with Supervisor Hanna to oversee the Town’s proactive and innovative response to the pandemic. The Town of Perinton already took action to create several layers of procedures and practices to keep residents and employees safe, especially as Town Hall reopened to the public by-appointment on Tuesday, May 26.

Overacker has been instrumental in executing the Town’s current Emergency Management Plan, and in developing a Pandemic Response Plan. He will also develop and maintain the Town’s strategy to include prevention/mitigation, readiness, response and recovery for any future events.

Overacker brings experience as a firefighter with the Fairport Fire Department, and previous knowledge as the Fire Safety Officer for Nazareth College as well as extensive training in life safety and fire protection.

“Keeping our community safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been my top focus,” said Overacker. “I want to thank Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna for giving me this new opportunity, and I look forward to working proactively to ensure our community’s safety as we weather this pandemic, and plan for any future emergencies.”

Overacker completed two Associates programs in Fire Protection Technology and Firearms Technology. He also received numerous certifications, including NYS Emergency Medical Technician, NYS Fire Officer 1, NYS Licensed Armed Security, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer Instructor, NYS Code Enforcement Officer, NYS Fire Service Instructor, National Fire Service Instructor, and IFPO Protection Officer.