SLOC Hires Operations Manager
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ The man who helped Olympic organizers draft their budget and map out planning has been hired as director of operations for the 2002 Winter Games.
The appointment of Bill Wagner as managing director of operations for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee was announced Thursday. SLOC also announced the hiring of Marv Smalley as the Games’ deputy director of security.
Wagner has more than 20 years experience in operations and project management with Bechtel Corp., which was hired by SLOC as a consultant in crafting the committee’s budget.
Wagner, who headed the consulting project, will remain under contract with Bechtel during his Olympic duties. He will oversee the committee’s transition from planning to operating venues for the Olympics and Paralympics.
``Bill has been an integral part of our budgeting and planning process, and we are pleased to keep him in the fold,″ said Frank Joklik, SLOC president and chief executive officer.
A native of Washington state, Wagner received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from University of Pacific and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University.
Smalley served as the U.S. Department of Defense’s liaison for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The 29-year Indiana State Police veteran also developed security plans and operations in Orlando at 1994 World Cup soccer events.
A graduate of Indiana University and the FBI Academy, Smalley was the deputy director of security for the Indiana Lottery Commission for three years before becoming involved in Olympic security in Atlanta in 1992.
Steve Jeffries, who joined SLOC 10 months ago as director of security, will now assume a consulting role with the organizing committee.
``Steve has been an effective conduit between SLOC and the State Law Enforcement Olympic Command,″ Utah Commissioner of Public Safety Craig Dearden said. ``Many of us had the opportunity to work with Marv Smalley in Atlanta, and he will be an asset to SLOC and the Command in keeping our work in security planning moving forward.″