Frederick Gardy brings a background in law enforcement to his current position in emergency management at Travis County, Texas, a 1.27 million population operation. With nearly 20 years experience in security and event planning and operations, Gardy is a nationally recognized security executive with experience in both the public and private sectors. His leadership crosses administrative, operational and technical functions, embracing organizational change for continual improvement.
As deputy emergency management coordinator in Austin, Texas, Gardy has formed systems for ranking service priorities, developed COVID-19 operational and workplace safety guides and devised mass gathering formulas and methods, and developed a Survival Thinking training. He previously was engaged in business development at TriTech Software Systems, which develops highly integrated public safety products and services worldwide for police, fire and EMS agencies, and, was Director of Security and Event Operations at Circuit of the Americas, a 1,500-acre motorsports and entertainment facility with racing, sports and music events of up to 250,000 attendees.
Beginning his law enforcement career at the New Rochelle (N.Y.) Police Department, he later was assistant chief of police at the University of Nebraska where he led the executive Emergency Operations Team, conducted training on and developed threat and vulnerability assessments, classroom safety guidelines, travel safety, and behavioral threat assessment programming, and implemented the nation's largest campuswide integrated video data system. Gardy established the university's first crisis management and business continuity program, and served as incident commander over numerous crisis-response situations.
He has certificates in Public Administration and Executive Leadership from both the FBI National Academy and Pace University Graduate School of Business, and is an instructor and subject-matter expert at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi.