In between training, community outreach and Breeders’ Cup planning activities, the Division of Emergency Management members took a brief time out on Thursday for breakfast and service anniversary recognitions. Three DEM staff members celebrate 10, 15 and 30 years of service in 2015.
Pat Dugger marks 30 years of service to the Urban County Government. Pat has been director of DEEM, now DEM, since it was first established in 1988. During that time, she has spearheaded development of a comprehensive emergency management program that links public safety with public health and other response and support disciplines. This includes all programs and activities related to the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).
DEM programs are inclusive of all hazards and all disciplines with the goal to have Lexington as prepared and capable of responding to the most likely hazards the community faces. Before joining DEM, Pat worked with the Division of Building Inspection from 1984-1988. She has a BS from EKU and a MPA from UK.
Steve Jackson celebrates 15 years of service with the government. Steve joined the Division in 2000 as the Program Manager for Environmental Services. When that program was transferred to the Division of Environmental Policy, he became the Program Manager for Emergency Management. Steve oversees the outdoor warning system, the AM radio, and many other mitigation and response projects. He also serves on the LFUCG-Emergency Planning Task Force and the Fayette Emergency Planning Committee.
Steve is a certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a trained geologist. He worked in the private sector prior to joining DEM. He enjoys playing golf and fishing.
Tammy Liebenauer marks ten years of service to the government and the chemical stockpile program. Tammy began working for DEM in February 2005. She is the Fayette County Planner for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).
As CSEPP Manager, Tammy helps Fayette County prepare to assist Madison County in the event of a chemical accident at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond. Fayette County is considered a host county in the CSEPP program and would receive, shelter, and provide medical treatment for evacuees from Madison County. Part of the county is also a Protective Action Zone that could be affected by a chemical agent release.
Prior to joining DEM, Tammy worked for the University of Kentucky’s Small Business Development Center providing environmental consulting services to small businesses. She is a graduate of Centre College and earned her MS in Occupational Health from the Medical College of Ohio.
Photo Captions: (Top, middle) Pat Dugger and Steve Jackson with their years of service certificates. (Bottom) Pat Dugger and Tammy Liebenauer.