Beryl Wernberg of Bemidji is the 911 Supervisor/Emergency Management Director for Beltrami County.
She supervises the 911 Dispatch Center and she also works as a dispatcher.
is responsible for all communication devices that ring, ding, make noise to include consoles, portables, mobiles, cell phones, air cards, pagers and repeaters as well as the various software programs we have in dispatch such as Computer Aided Dispatch.
She works with GIS on the mapping software and monthly updates, paging software, etc., supervises and with with such volunteer groups as the Mounted Posse, Team ELF (Enable Law Enforcement functionality), Paul Bunyan Amateur Radio Club, North Country First Responders (volunteer member and treasurer) and Community Guard.
She also is the liaison to the Lakes Area Dive Team and Civil Air Patrol.
Chair of the Beltrami County
Emergency Operations Team which includes all ambulance, fire and other emergency services.
Wernberg works with Public Health and a number of other groups to develop, maintain and exercise emergency plans and is a member of the SWAT team.
She has worked in this profession, Communications Officer, for the past 38 years, starting with the Bemidji Police Department April 1, 1972.
was transferred by the city to Beltrami County
She was officially promoted (although she assisted with emergency services from 1997 on) in 2001 to the Emergency Management Director and 911 Supervisor.
began working at the age of 12, in a museum in Morton in Renville County.
She spent two summers as a waitress in Yellowstone National Park, worked as a nanny for a summer near Minneapolis, at a resort near Brainerd otherwise in or near Bemidji and she owned her own business as a canvas shop operated out of her shop at home for a number of years.
The parts of the job she
enjoys most is "being granted the honor of assisting and finding help for our citizens and being their lifeline," she