Russ Decker, CEM
Russell J. Decker, CEM is director of the Allen County (Ohio) Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Russ started with the agency in 1990 as a volunteer and began serving as director in 1998. Russ is past president (2008-09) of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the nation’s largest emergency management professional association. In June of 2007, Russ was appointed to the 34-member FEMA National Advisory Council. He also serves on several national working groups within the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
Russ earned his designation as a Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM®) from IAEM in 2003. He completed FEMA’s Professional Development Series in 2001. He holds a Master of Science degree from Tiffin University with undergraduate studies from The Ohio State University and the University of Northwestern Ohio. He is currently a third year doctoral student pursuing his PhD in public safety administration from Capella University.
He has testified before both the United States House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate on issues of our national preparedness. In 2006 Russ was awarded the "Clayton R. Christopher Award" as the nation’s leading local emergency manager. He received the “Excellence in Public Service” award from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council in 2005 and was the named Citizen of the Year in 2004 by the Allen County Visionaries. He served as president of the Emergency Management Association of Ohio in 2002-03. Currently Russ serves as Chair for the Ottawa River Coalition, a public/private collaborative advocacy organization promoting clean water for the Ottawa River watershed in Allen and Hardin counties.
Stephen C. Harvey comes to emergency management after a 20-year career in telecommunication and information technology with Verizon and St. Rita's Medical Center. A CBRNE-rated hazardous materials technician, Steve serves as administrator for the Type I Allen County Regional Hazmat Team. Inaddition to his homeland security and emergency management responsibilities, Steve also serves as 9-1-1 Coordinator for Allen County where he oversees the emergency telephone system that handles more than 50,000 emergency calls annually.
Steve is a Special Deputy responsible for the radio communications system for the Allen County Sheriff's Office and assists, as needed, in the Information Technology Division of the Sheriff's Office.
A volunteer firefighter with the American Township Fire Department, Steve can be found every August as a member of the electrician staff at the Allen County Fair.
David Webb joined the Allen County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as Deputy Director in February of 2003.
Prior to joining the county staff, David worked for 27 years with the Lima Fire Department where he retired in 2001 after reaching the rank of Assistant Chief.
A lifelong Lima resident and graduate of Lima Senior High School, David and his wife Jenny have two children, Michael and Rachel.
Gene is a 55-year veteran of the fire service and former Perry Township Fire Chief. In addition to his duties with the Allen County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Gene continues to serve as Fire Investigator for Perry Township and as a volunteer firefighter with the Westminster Rural Fire Department.
Doug is the former Fire Chief at Shawnee Township, and currently serves as Emergency Response Coordinator for the Husky Lima Refinery. With more than forty years in the fire service, Doug is our senior Deputy Director having served in that role with the Allen County EMA since 1988.
Anne has more than 30-years of experience in journalism and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati. A former broadcast news director and anchor in the Cincinnati and Lima markets, Anne currently manages an advertising agency serving more than 5,000 clients nationwide.
George is a journalism veteran with more than 50-years of experience. Former news director at WLIO-NBC Lima, George currently teaches journalism at the Wright State University Lake Campus in Celina.
Fred is a 35+ year veteran in broadcasting, and has won numerous awards in broadcast engineering and electronics. He is Vice President and Chief Operator for the NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliate television stations in Lima. Fred also serves as co-chair of the Lima-Allen County Emergency Alert System (EAS) District.