Dean Bender is the Emergency Manager. The Emergency Management Office, which reports to the Sheriff and works closely with the Board of Commissioners, plans and directs emergency procedures to protect citizens from natural and human-caused disasters. The Office works with municipalities within Polk County on preparedness for emergencies, including emergency response training and exercises and maintaining an Emergency Operations Center where response agencies coordinate actions and allocate resources in an emergency.
This unit develops plans concerning four major areas: response, mitigation, preparedness and recovery. Emergency Management's goal is to limit Polk County’s exposure to emergencies and disasters while managing all aspects of them if they do occur. Through management plans, this division coordinates the efforts of citizens and teams to prevent and minimize the effects of emergencies and disasters in Polk County. The Emergency Manager functions as an administrator and facilitator of the efforts in an emergency or disaster situation.