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MEMA was founded in order to develop and promote standards and cooperative efforts in emergency management, promote professional development for emergency management and business continuity professionals, and promote the training of its members in the areas related to emergency management.

MEMA was formed in 1984 by 9 metro counties:  Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Scott, Carver, Wright and Chisago.  At the time, it was stated that it was open to any other adjacent counties if the Board of Directors wanted to expand. The Metro Emergency Managers Association Constitution and the MEMA Bylaws were officially adopted on November 7, 1984. 

Past Presidents

2022-2023            Ron Holbeck, Scott County

2021-2022            Jim Iliff, Dakota County

2020-2021            Jenny Kane, Minnesota State Patrol

2019-2020            Angela Eastman, Washington County

2018-2019            Doug Berglund, Washington County

2017-2018            Jonathan Bundt, Masa Consulting

2016-2017            Kristi Rollwagen, Metropolitan Airports Commission

2015-2016            Ed Povlinski, Wells Fargo Enterprise Incident Management

2014-2015            Sarah Hellekson, City of Plymouth Public Works

2013-2014            Drew Hasty, Salvation Army

2012-2013            Jim Franklin, Metro Transit Police

2011-2012            Kristy Gisch Stauffer, Washington County

2010-2011            Luke Stemmer, City of St. Louis Park Fire

2009-2010            Dan Bovitz, Hennepin County Emergency Management

2008-2009            Dan Plekkenpol, City of Plymouth Police

2007-2008            Lance Ross, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board

2006-2007            Judy Rue, Hennepin County Emergency Preparedness

2005-2006            George Condon, Metropolitan Airport Commission

2004-2005            Deb Paige, Washington County Emergency Services

2003-2004            Scott Gerber, Carver County Emergency Management

2002-2003            Scott Gerber, Carver County Emergency Management

2001-2002            Rick Larkin, City of Burnsville Emergency Preparedness

2000-2001            Paul Johnson, City of Coon Rapids Police

1999-2000            Stuart Glaser, Washington County Emergency Services

1998-1999            Terry Cook, City of Apple Valley Emergency Management

1997-1998            Kurt Kramer, North Transportation Services

1996-1997            Molly Koivumaki, City of Eden Prairie Emergency Preparedness

1995-1996            Dave Pecchia, City of Lino Lakes Emergency Management/Police

1994-1995            Dave Schwartz, City of Forest Lake Civil Defense

1993-1994            Roberta Halverson, Hennepin County Emergency Preparedness

1992-1993            Doug Smith, City of New Hope Emergency Management

1991-1992            Lowell Johnson, Washington County Emergency Services

1991 June             David Gisch, Dakota County Emergency Preparedness         

1990-1991            Barbara Fonkert, American Red Cross St. Paul Chapter

1989-1990            Craig Anderson, City of St. Boni-Minnetrista Public Safety

1988-1989            John Morson, City of West St. Paul Police

1987-1888            Dean Mooney, City of Golden Valley Public Safety

1986-1987            Jerry Nelson, City of Coon Rapids Police

1985-1986            Jim Michaud, City of Shoreview Police

1984-1985            Jim Anderson, City of Deephaven Police

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