Emergency Management Director hired
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County Commissioners Tuesday hired Duane Dreiling of Imperial as the new Emergency Management Director. He will begin the part-time job Jan. 1, 2014, when current director Paul Kunnemann retires.
Dreiling’s salary will be the same as the county commissioners, which is one-half of an elected official’s. Salaries have not yet been set for next year.
The new director filled in for Kunnemann for two months this past year when he took time off for medical reasons.
The job of an Emergency Manager is to:
1) Plan, organize and train the public for proper action in the event of a disaster;
2) Plan, organize and train volunteers and public officials of proper action in the event of a disaster;
3) Protect lives and property in all of Chase County by performing the coordination of duties during disaster situations.
The position is responsible for radio communications, tornado shelters, sirens, communication towers, storm spotting and more.
Dreiling has been a spotter for Chase County Emergency Management for 17 years. He served as deputy director under Kunnemann for about seven years.
Dreiling is employed by Crop Production Services.