Michael Chamness, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
...Michael ChamnessDirector, Illinois Emergency Management Agency Chamness is the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency appointed to the cabinet position by Governor Ryan in February of 1999.He also serves as Chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force as established by the Governor's Executive Order, and as Chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). Chamness is a member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Terrorism Committee and a former member of the NEMA Board of Directors.He also is Vice Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and a member of CUSEC's Board of Directors. Prior to coming to IEMA, Chamness served eight years as Director in the Office of the Secretary of State where he also served as chairman of the Graduated Drivers License Task Force. Chamness also worked as a newspaper editor at the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale and later at the State-Journal Register newspaper in Springfield.
In the newspaper business, Chamness
won a national award for column writing and state awards for his
series on Title IX and for coverage of a crash of an Air Illinois flight. Chamness is a graduate of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.He
also was winner of the Oldham Paisley Journalism Scholarship at SIU-C
lives in Rochester with his
wife, Peggy, and has two daughters, Angela and Cindy.
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