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County hires new EMC

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 14, 2017



The new Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) for Washington County started this week.

Marissa Reisen was chosen for the position by the hiring committee. She was introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning and at the Emergency Management Commission meeting Wednesday evening.

Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said Washington County Sheriff Jared Schneider, public health administrator Danielle Pettit-Majewski, Washington city administrator Brent Hinson, Kalona city administrator Ryan Schlabaugh and himself were on the hiring committee.

“We went through a pretty good round of interviews,” Seward said. “We had pretty good applicants. The best is sitting with us tonight — Marissa Reisen.”

Reisen has toured the county already and will be with the coordinators from Henry and Des Moines Counties Friday.

“Marissa has a background in trauma with the emergency room at the emergency department at the university,” Seward said. “She worked in getting some emergency procedures and things going at Mercy Hospital during her schooling. She has her master’s degree in emergency management.”

Schneider said she is currently living in North Liberty but is working on moving to Washington County.

Reisen begin working in the county Monday. She is working on becoming familiar with the county.

“Let me add one more thing,” Seward said. “Everybody that was on the hiring committee has committed to do everything they can to take her around the county and introduce her to people — show her who’s who and what’s what and what is where. I’m sure everybody at this table is also on board with that.”

She already attended a meeting with the District 5 Emergency Management Coordinators at the end of June and plans to start doing community outreach, she said.

“One thing I talked about during my interview is community outreach and making this more public so people know who I am,” Reisen said. Reisen plans on being at the fair with the Emergency Management trailer and will be handing out cards about how to sign up for alerts on their cell phones and pamphlets on how to get prepared for a disaster from the nonprofit Safeguard Iowa.

She will have her office in building No. 3 at Orchard Hill, Washington County supervisor and EMC member Richard Young said. The county is working on getting that space renovated to house a few other people there as well.

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