William Flagler Jr.

William Flagler Jr. is the Deputy Director of the Arlington County Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management. In this role, he directs the immediate operations of the Emergency Management Division, where he oversees strategic planning, provides policy direction for the development and implementation of the budget, administers and coordinates the management of grants related to homeland security, and implements the County’s emergency operations plan. Prior to his current position, Mr. Flagler was the founding Director of the Department of Emergency Management and Safety at Northern Virginia Community College, where he successfully coordinated the response and recovery associated with an active shooter event and countless other emergency incidents.


He has more than a decade of progressively responsible executive leadership experience. He holds master’s degrees in Public Administration and Homeland Security and a Certified Emergency Manager designation as well as the Virginia Professional Emergency Manager designation. He is a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Executive Leadership Program and Leadership Arlington c/o 17. He received the Meritorious Service Award from the Arlington Chamber in 2017. He is also an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason University, and serves as a Visiting Scholar at Virginia Tech. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Arlington based LiveSafe Mobile App and was recently elected to serve as the Chief Financial Officer for the Virginia Emergency Management Association. 

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