Dr. Martin “Marty” Zaluski of Durham has been named director of the Emergency Programs Division at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced.

Zaluski replaces Dr. George Chambless, who recently accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The Emergency Programs Division is the department’s chief emergency preparedness and response unit. Its work focuses on reducing the vulnerability to, or the impact from, any disaster, disease or terrorist attack on North Carolina’s agricultural community.

“Marty has proven to be an integral part of our Emergency Programs staff,” Troxler said. “While working as our public health veterinarian and as assistant director of the division, he demonstrated his ability to be a team player, coordinating programs between our staff and other state agencies. He will provide excellent leadership for this division as it works to protect North Carolina’s $59 billion agriculture industry from natural and manmade threats.”

Zaluski joined the department in 2002 as a public health liaison veterinarian, and was named assistant director of emergency programs earlier this year. He helped coordinate veterinary and public health planning efforts as they relate to natural and terrorist incidents. He also helped develop agricultural risk assessments for counties and a training program for volunteer veterinarians and veterinary technicians to respond to agricultural incidents. Prior to joining the department, he was a field veterinarian with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, and earlier worked in private practice as a large-animal veterinarian.

Zaluski grew up in Butte, Mont., and holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Heather, have a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. <>