Emergency Management serves as the countywide agency for the purpose of overseeing the planning, response, recovery and mitigation of any and all major disasters/emergencies that occur within the county.
Pennington County Emergency Management was created in 1962 and formally known as Civil Defense. The city of Rapid City and Pennington County entered into an agreement to form a joint, local organization to provide emergency and disaster services in 1978.
History of Emergency Managers/Civil Defense Coordinators in Pennington County
November 2011-Present: Dustin Willett
Civil Defense Director/Coordinator
November 1980-April 1992: Illa Cannon