Pennington County Emergency Management

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.

Mission Statement

    • To warn of impending danger
    • When required, support local response agencies with timely, effective deployment of resources
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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

Emergency Manager

November 2011-Present: Dustin Willett
July 2007-April 2011: Anthony Carbajal
April 1992-July 2007: Park Owens

Civil Defense Director/Coordinator

November 1980-April 1992: Illa Cannon
February 1977-October 1980: Bob Chalberg
November 1972-December 1976: Don Martini
March 1962-September 1972: Harold Irish