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Snyder makes appointments to Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Roger Caris Sr., of Hastings, Alisha Clack, of Grand Ledge, and Kerry Minshall, of Mason, to the Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council.

The council supports and enhances Michigan's homeland security, community health, public safety and hazard preparedness with responsible planning and leadership.

“I appreciate that these dedicated public servants have agreed to serve on this important public safety commission,” Snyder said.

Caris is the fire chief for the Hastings Fire Department, where he has more than 30 years of experience. In this role, he manages all aspects of firefighting, extrication, hazardous materials, and medical first response. He is also the owner of C & R Fire Equipment Sales. Caris served as secretary/treasurer and president of the Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and as president of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs. He will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and replaces Richard Royston, who resigned.

Clack is Emergency Alert System manager for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, a position she has held since 2008. In this position, Clack has managed multiple NOAA grants, and has been project manager for Michigan’s new AMBER alert portal. Clack holds a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in science administration from Central Michigan University. She will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and replaces Larry Estlack.

Minshall is fire chief for the Mason Fire Department, a position he had held since 2007. He has more than 30 years of experience with the Mason Fire Department. He also spent nearly 30 years with General Motors, working as a journeyman pipefitter. Minshall has a number of training certifications and holds an associate degree in emergency services from John Wood Community College. He will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2017, and replaces Cliff Messing.

Appointments to the council are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.