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

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