CLINTON — Seventeen resumes — three from out of state — have been received by the committee which is leading the effort to find a replacement for Wally Henry, director of Clinton County’s Emergency Management Agency.

Henry’s official last day in the position was Friday, but he is on vacation for part of July.

Sheriff Rick Lincoln, who is currently interim EMA director, told the Clinton Herald, “The gentleman I dealt with at Workforce Development said because we wrote the job description and qualifications quite narrowly, it really kept a lot of people that weren’t qualified from applying.

“He said, ‘You do have a nice group of applicants who are qualified.’”

One of the applicants is from Colorado, Lincoln said. Two are from Illinois and the rest are from Clinton County.

According to the advertised job description, the emergency management director is a full time position with a salary range from $40,000 to $52,000 a year, depending on qualifications and experience.

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university is desirable but not required.

The applicant must have four years of responsible experience in emergency management, disaster services, public administration, military preparedness or related work. Six years or more experience is preferred, or a specified combination of the above, or 36 months of full-time experience as a local emergency management assistant.

The applicant must have:

n a comprehensive knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to emergency management, disaster preparedness, emergency planning and recovery operations.

n a certified emergency manager designation awarded by the Iowa Emergency Management Association or be able to earn the certificate in one year. International certification is preferred and encouraged.

n knowledge of and ability to supervise emergency operations from either a fixed or mobile location; ability to coordinate multiple jurisdiction actions through elected and appointed officials and coordinate actions with other state and federal emergency management and support agencies.

n hazardous materials training designation of Operational Level or higher or be able to obtain that training within one year.

n excellent communication skills, both oral and written; the ability to multi-task and perform under stressful conditions.

n ability to develop and maintain plans, policies and procedures to meet numerous natural, technological, biological and civil hazards that could affect the county.

Primary planning focus includes a nuclear fueled, electric generating power plant; hazardous material transport and storage; thunderstorms; tornados; floods; winter storms, and civil threats to public safety, such as riots and terrorist activities.

A selection committee named at a special meeting of the EMA commission in June will meet soon and review the resumes, then decide which applicants they want to interview.

From those interviewed, the committee will make recommendation(s) to the full commission, which has the authority to make the final decision.

Members of the selection committee are Lincoln, board of supervisors chairman Jill Davisson and the mayors of DeWitt, Charlotte and Clinton.

The full commission is made up of the mayors of all 14 towns in Clinton County plus the sheriff and a representative of the board of supervisors.

Henry announced his retirement at the special meeting in June, which had been called to receive the resignation of Sandi Carstensen, who also was licensed as an EMA coordinator and held the title of operations manager.

Since that left the two-person agency with both positions empty, Lincoln was named interim director and Carstensen agreed to come into the office to handle routine paperwork.

She was to be paid $25 an hour for 10 hours a week for three weeks.

However, Davisson told the Herald it was found that arrangement would create problems with Carstensen’s IPERS account, so the plan was abandoned.

Instead, Lincoln, Henry when he was in town, and the county auditor’s office cooperated to get business taken care of.

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