The Office of Preparedness welcomes aboard Michael Cooke. He will be joining the Planning Program team, led by Kerry Kimble, as a Contingency Planner.
Cooke recently served as a Deputy Emergency Manager for El Paso County during the Waldo Canyon wildfire. In that role, he also served as the County’s Emergency Watershed Protection Plan Manager working with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Resource Conservation Service, FEMA, Burned Area Emergency Response Team, as well as many others. He was responsible for storm / flood water response and recovery planning which involved volunteering to be part of the debris removal and mass care / mass casualty planning efforts.
Cooke is also a 30 year U.S. Army veteran with two tours of duty in Iraq. His military experience is in the areas of Combat Engineers and Military Police.