Mr. Sligh has served as the Senior Oil Spill Technical Advisor for the Office of Marine Environmental Response (CG-MER) since December 2015 and recently successfully completed a detail at the White House assigned to the National Security Council as the Director for Response Policy within the Resilience Directorate. His work was crucial to the Administration's success during the 2017 hurricane season where three Category 4 hurricanes struck the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. During his detail he temporarily chaired the Exercise and Evaluation Sub- Policy Coordination Committee, finalizing NEP Principal Objectives and co- chaired the National Preparedness Policy Review Sub-Policy Coordination Committee beginning the interagency review of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 and Presidential Policy Directive 8.
Before transitioning to his current role in CG-MER, he served as the Chief, Incident Management & Crisis Response Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he was responsible for the Coast Guard's development and management of incident management and preparedness policy in support of the National Response Framework and National Contingency Plan. Of note, Mr. Sligh served as the Coast Guard's Crisis Action Team lead at Coast Guard Headquarters in 2014 during the Ebola crisis, preventing the transmission of the Ebola Virus disease entering the United States via the maritime sector. Prior to that he supported the Coast Guard's Office of Marine Environmental Response as the Area Contingency Plan program manager and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in support of Coast Guard Headquarters from 2012-2013.
During a 24-year active duty and reserve career in the military, Mr. Sligh had extensive experience in incident management and oil spill response. In 2011, Mr. Sligh served as Deputy Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and had previously played key leadership roles during various deployments to Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2006 and FEMA Joint Field Office deployments in support of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008.
Mr. Sligh retired from the Coast Guard in 1992 after a 24-year active duty career. He earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Phoenix and holds a Master's of Business Administration from Northcentral University. In addition, Mr. Sligh has been a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) since November 2008.