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A.J. Mumm, Director, Polk County Emergency Management Agency
In September 2004, the Polk County Emergency Management Commission appointed A.J. Mumm to lead the countywide agency responsible for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural and man-made disasters. He originally began his service with the Polk County Emergency Management Agency in January 1999 as a disaster mitigation planner and went on to join the State of Iowa’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division in July 2001 where he was eventually promoted to the position of Chief Planner. Mumm, a graduate of Drake University (BA – Biology and Geography) and Iowa State University (Master of Community and Regional Planning) has taught as an Adjunct Professor at both Drake University and Des Moines Area Community College. He has been published and regularly speaks on the topics of hazard analysis and risk assessment, critical asset protection, and the utilization of geographic information systems. A native of Westside, Iowa, A.J. and his wife Sabetha live in Ankeny, Iowa with their two young children and enjoy sports, boating, and travel.
Jon Davis, Deputy Director
Jon joined the Polk County Emergency Management Agency November 23, 2009 in the capacity of Deputy Director. He had been previously employed at the Des Moines Police Department for the past 12 years, most recently as the Homeland Security Training and Operations Coordinator. Prior to that, Jon worked as a 9-1-1 Telecommunicator for the Des Moines Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and Ankeny Police Department. Since 2003, he has been a Communications Specialist in FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Program. His US&R responses with Nebraska Task Force 1 include Hurricanes Katrina, Dean, Dolly, Gustav and Ike.
Peggy Reelitz, Office Specialist
Peggy joined Polk County Emergency Management February 22, 2005 as the Office Specialist. She worked for the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance for 23½ years as a Legal Secretary to the Administrative Law Judges, Secretary to the State Board of Tax Review and Assistant Secretary Director of Revenue and Finance. Peggy worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 2 years prior to joining the Polk County Emergency Management team. Peggy’s husband Dan is a retired Des Moines Police Officer. She has a son, Tyler.
Samantha Brear, Program Specialist
Samantha joined the Polk County Emergency Management Agency October 3rd, 2011. Samantha, a graduate of the University of Leeds, England (BA Hons-Geography) and the American Public University (MA Hons-Emergency Management) is originally from California. She had previously volunteered with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team Member responding to multiple house fires in San Francisco. As well as interning with the City of Oakland and working as an independent contractor on their emergency management plans, Samantha worked as a contractor for Wakefield Brunswick Management Consulting that provide healthcare emergency preparedness and related emergency management services throughout the US.