CLINTON — Chance Kness, of Macomb, Ill., has accepted the position of director of the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency and coordinator of Homeland Security and will take office here Sept. 10.

Announcement of the completion of the search for a new director was made by Clinton County Sheriff Rick Lincoln, who has been acting director of emergency management since the resignation of Wally Henry.

Kness will be paid $45,000 annually, Lincoln said.

“Chance will evaluate (the local office) and then provide input to Jill Davisson, chairwoman of the Emergency Management Commission as to whether or not the position formerly held by Sandi Carstensen needs to be filled,” Lincoln said.

“If so, Chance will be the person to make the decision on whom he would hire.”

Carstensen, who held the title of operations manager and was second in command of the agency, retired in May.

Kness graduated with honors from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in emergency management and minors in sociology and fire administration.

He has been emergency medical technician at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb, since 2000. In October 2004, he was deployed to Iraq, where he was responsible for the daily functioning of the technical operations center.

He was security supervisor and emergency medical technician on the Mississippi Belle II, Clinton, from 1997 to 2000.

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