Clay County Hires New Emergency Management Director
The Clay County Commission announced the hire of a new Emergency Management Director, Eric Ramsey.
"Last year we lost the late DC Rogers, our Emergency Management Director. His personality and strength of character will always be missed across our communities. We began the hiring process for a permanent Director earlier this year. Through a vigorous process we have chosen Eric Ramsey to fill this role,” stated Presiding Commissioner Pamela Mason. “Not only has he served the public as an emergency services professional for 25 years, he is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with a proven track record in emergency situations, and he is skilled in training other emergency services professionals.”
The Office of Clay County Emergency Management is a critical local component of Homeland Security providing strategy and leadership in critical times. Its mission is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that emergency operations in the Clay County are prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards.
In carrying out its mission the Office of Emergency Management works closely with other emergency response agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency and local emergency response agencies, Mid-America Regional Council, as well as with the major utility companies and non-profit and volunteer organizations such as Amateur Radio Emergency Services, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
“Eric Ramsey comes to Clay County with a long and distinguished record of public service in the area of Emergency Services,” said Western Commissioner Gene Owen. “He will be leaving the City of Lenexa, Kansas where he is the Professional Development and Emergency Management Division Chief for the Lenexa Fire Department. He has extensive experience in delivering emergency services, including assignment as an Incident Commander for the Gulf Horizon Disaster. “
The Clay County Commission began the selection process by soliciting open applications from interested parties. Candidates were then selected based on related experience and education to move to the next round of consideration. Successful applicants were brought before a selection committee of Clay County human resource professionals and regional emergency management professionals. Based on the recommendations of Clay County staff and the selection committee, Eric Ramsey was chosen to be recommended to Commissioners.
Comments from members of the selection committee and professional reference:
“Chief Ramsey is an excellent selection as the new Clay County Emergency Manager. Throughout his emergency service career he has demonstrated outstanding leadership, collaboration, and dedication to the community he serves. The Emergency Management Community in Clay County and the Kansas City Region is fortunate to have such a talented professional to work with.” Todd Farley, Emergency Management Director Central Jackson County Fire Protection District
"Eric has the experience and capability to take up where DC left off. He will continue to keep Clay County citizens in the forefront of emergency management.” Mike O’Neal, Deputy of Platte County Emergency Services Division
Frank Coots, Emergency Preparedness Manager for the City of Independence. "Extremely excited for Clay County and Eric. I look forward to working with him in the near future."
"Eric brings a lot of experience and knowledge from throughout his fire service career and has a strong passion for Emergency Management attaining his certification as a Certified Emergency Manager." Larry Pratt, Kearney Fire Chief
Chuck Duddy, Gladstone Emergency Management Director. "Eric is a strong candidate who will benefit the County."
"Mr. Ramsey will provide years of experience, incredible depth of knowledge, and new and unique perspectives to Clay County's already superb Emergency Management program. His addition will not only benefit the citizens of Clay County, but all of the Northland." Blair Shock, Clinton County Health Department Administrator and Emergency Services Agency Director.
"Eric demonstrated a strong grasp for the concepts of emergency management and showed willingness to utilize existing human and other resources to benefit the County's emergency management program." Mike W. Jenkins, Chief of Special Operations & Training, City of North Kansas City Fire Department
"Clay County will benefit from Eric's 20 plus years of fire service." Richard A. Brose, MD Clay County Emergency Management Volunteer and former Regional Epidemiologist for the Office of Homeland Security for the Clay County Public Health Department
Nick Crossley,(Certified Emergency Managers CEM® Commissioner and former IAEM former CEM Commission Chair) described Eric as an “exceptional, consummate professional who has the ability to work well with a diverse group.” [Eric] is a “dedicated public servant who is a great fit for Clay County and will do a great job.”
“I could not be more pleased with the qualifications and recommendations that Mr. Ramsey brings to Clay County. Should we come under threat or face tragedy, it is important that we have a highly skilled professional in this role that will take lead our communities to the best possible outcome. I’m satisfied that our selection process has chosen an excellent candidate,” said Eastern District Commissioner Luann Ridgeway.