Jim Bohon, Assistant Secretary for Local Program Coordination and Emergency Response
Jim Bohon was appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Local Program Coordination and Emergency Response in October 2012. He has been in government service for over 39 years, first with the U. S. Navy for 11 years, then county government for 6 years, and now California state government for 22 years.
Jim is responsible for the state’s Unified Program which establishes program standards for hazardous materials, hazardous waste, and underground storage tank management and oversees over 100 delegated local government agencies. He is also responsible for coordinating CalEPA’s response to statewide emergencies.
During his six years with Butte County and first three years of state service, Jim was an emergency manager and responded to dozens of local and state declared emergencies. Jim also has an extensive background in information technology and he is currently the project manager for many of CalEPA’s environmental data exchange projects.
He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and from the Colorado State University, Fort Collins with a Bachelor of Mathematics and teaching credentials in both Science and Mathematics.
Jim and his wife Edna live in a 123 year-old Victorian home in the small town of Woodland, northwest of Sacramento. Both are very active in the local community with Edna owning and operating a kitchen and dining boutique in the historic downtown area.