State Police Name Lenawee County Resident as 2015 Michigan Professional Emergency Manager of the Year

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-336-6464
Agency: State Police

October 27, 2015

Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division commander Capt. Chris A. Kelenske is pleased to announce that Mr. Curtis Parsons, of Lenawee County, has been named the 2015 Michigan Professional Emergency Manager of the Year. Parsons received the award at a special ceremony in Boyne City on Oct. 8.

The Professional Emergency Manager of the Year Award recognizes an emergency management professional who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, displays leadership and innovation and provides outstanding contributions to the field of emergency management in the state of Michigan.

“Mr. Parsons’ passion for emergency management statewide and nationwide made him an obvious choice for this year’s award,” Kelenske said. “In addition to conducting his day-to-day duties as the Lenawee County Emergency Management Coordinator, he sits on a critical homeland security committee to represent the state’s interests on a national level. He is also a preparedness leader, always planning ahead and building relationships so his county is ready to respond to and recover from disasters.”

Nearly a seven-year veteran of Lenawee County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Parsons has conducted research on active shooters in the work place. He carefully planned and executed a realistic and full-scale active-shooter exercise in Lenawee County that became a model for area school districts.

Since 2010, Parsons has been a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s State Local, Tribal and Territorial Government Coordinating Council, serving as its chairman for the last two years.  The council strengthens partnerships by bringing together individuals from different disciplines to ensure officials from all levels of government collaborate in national critical infrastructure security and resilience efforts.

As the council’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program and Dam Sector, his responsibilities include providing recommendations to federal officials on initiatives to better protect and respond to disasters involving critical infrastructure and key resources.

Parsons has a bachelor’s degree in public safety and a master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management.  He is a former member of the Lenawee County Technical Rescue Team and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Lenawee County Fire Chiefs Association.

Parsons lives in Tecumseh with his wife, Gail. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.