Osceola County Emergency Management Department
Due to the complex and dynamic nature of the field, including coordinating and communicating at the highest levels of government, public, and private entities, Osceola County Emergency Management maintains an appointed (paid) staff and supporting team of volunteer professionals. The following lists those currently authorized by our department.
Director Watkins joined the department in August 1999 and was appointed as the program’s 3rd Director in June 2002. He is responsible for the development and direction of all emergency management activities within the county.
Known for revising the program to a “standards” based system and managing “the homeland security era” of emergency management, Mark has successfully directed numerous capability improvements including the Emergency Management Center, NOAA Weather Transmitter, CityWatch, and several others.
Mark is recognized as a Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) and Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP). He has been recognized 3 times as the Michigan Emergency Management Association’s Coordinator of the Year (2001, 2006, 2009) and was awarded the prestigious PEM of the Year in 2010. He has also received 5 additional MEMA awards for professional service.
He has served as the Planning Chair for the Region 6 Homeland Security Board and currently serves locally as the Assistant Chief of Hersey Township Fire Department.
Mark A. Watkins
Coordinator Weber joined the Emergency Management Department staff in January of 2011 after serving with the Osceola County Emergency Management Support Team, specializing in Medical Reserve Corps coordination.
His position is funded completely through three separate grant programs. He is responsible for developing Medical Reserve Corp, Citizens Corps, volunteer, and public outreach programs.
Jeff completed the Michigan State Police- Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division’s Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) Program in January 2012.
Coordinator Herrera joined the Emergency Management Department staff in August of 2011 after serving with the Emergency Management Support Team for four years. She completed her Michigan State Police - Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) designation program in September of 2011.
The Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) recognized her achievements with the Distinguished Service award in 2015.
Her duties include administrative support, office coordination, and local planning and projects.