Doug is an Iowa Certified Emergency Manager and has served within the agency since 2003 bringing a combined 25 years of experience in emergency services that includes emergency management, fire/rescue, emergency medical services, emergency communications, and law enforcement. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
His EMA career began serving part-time as the County EMS Coordinator and transitioning to a full-time Operations Officer for the agency focusing on coordination, management, and implementation of National Incident Management System standards. He was appointed Director on October 1, 2012. Doug has actively participated in and supervised the implementation of disaster response and recovery operations for (10) Presidential Major Disaster Declarations and Federal Emergency Declarations in Pottawattamie County and has also assisted in disaster and emergency response efforts throughout Iowa.
Doug is an Incident Commander with the Iowa Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team, Chair of the FEMA Region VII Administrator’s Regional Advisory Council (RAC), and leads or participates in several local, regional and state committees and boards.
Michell joined the agency in 2012 after serving (4) years as a regional response manager with the American Red Cross. She brings valuable experience in human services as well as emergency medical services to the agency. Michell focuses on administrative and techinal support to the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments by leading, coordinating and facilitating EMS System Development. She assists with training and EMS program regulatory compliance.
Michell also leads the efforts with area schools and nursing homes, assisting them with emergency preparedness activities and acts as a liaison between the Emergency Management Agency and other preparedness committees.
What Michell loves most about her job, is the ability to be able to assist county residents with preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. In her spare time, Michell enjoys spending time with her nephews and nieces,photography, and kayaking.
Scott started with the agency in 2014 bringing command level experience from fire, rescue & emergency medical services. His operations background has proven beneficial in response and logistics support missions. Scott focuses on resource management of countywide response assets and the development and maintenance of redundant emergency communications. Scott is also working with partner agencies in coordinating a public safety drone program.
Scott assists with the updating of mitigation and preparedness plans and acts as a liaison between the Emergency Management Agency and our public safety agencies. He also assists with the training of our County Fire Services.
What Scott likes most about his job is working with our partner agencies in all phases of emergency management with the common goal of protecting lives and property. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, fishing and hunting.
Travis started with the agency in 2020 after working as an EM Specialist in Mills County, Iowa for (4) years. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force with a background in physical security and law enforcement. After separating from active duty, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Bellevue University in Omaha.
Travis is a firm believer in the Mitigation Phase of Emergency Management and focusing on long-term measures for reducing or eliminating risk entirely. Travis' interests lie in solving the problems that are complicated by not having a clear answer, which is what he enjoys most about the Emergency Management career field.
Travis is father to three little girls, and husband to an amazing wife. He’s proud to be a girl dad!
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