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HSEM Leadership

Kris Eide, Director

Kris Eide has been the director of Minnesota’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) since 2005. In 2011 she was named Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton. As HSEM director, Eide has the overall responsibility to ensure coordination of state agency preparedness and emergency response to all types of natural and other emergencies and disasters.  She serves as the State Emergency Response Commission and represents HSEM on several statewide committees and councils.
As Homeland Security Advisor, she is the lead point of contact with the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible to keep the governor informed on emerging threats, events and responses.
Eide has been involved in emergency preparedness and response for 30 years and has been the Governor's Authorized Representative and State Coordinating Officer for 13 Presidential Declarations of Major Disaster. Since starting out her career in the American Red Cross, she has responded to numerous disasters across the country and has served as a subject matter expert for the International Atomic Energy Agency to assist Russia and Turkey with emergency preparedness efforts.
She is a member of the National Governor's Association, Governor's Homeland Security Advisors Council and is on the Board of Directors for the National Emergency Management Association.  In addition, Eide serves on the National Homeland Security Consortium, a consortium of 21 national associations relating to homeland security concerns.
Eide holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree in management and administration from Metropolitan State University.  In addition, Eide earned an Executive Leadership certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Joe Kelly, Deputy Director

Joe Kelly was named Deputy Director in spring of 2011. He oversees the daily operations of all HSEM branches, including preparedness, homeland security, response, recovery, mitigation, field services, grants, and administration.
Prior to joining HSEM, Joe, a native of Olivia, Minn., served 31 years in the United States Army and Minnesota National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He achieved the rank of Brigadier General and his last military assignment was as the Assistant Adjutant General for the state of Minnesota. 
Joe was involved in planning, coordinating, and executing military operations in support of civil authorities for more than 17 years, including serving as the joint military task force commander during the 2008 Republican National Convention.  He holds a bachelors degree from Saint John’s University, a master’s degree from the United States Army War College, and is a Minnesota certified emergency manager.