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HSEM Leadership

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Joe Kelly was named as the director of HSEM in January 2015. He has the overall responsibility to ensure coordination of state agency preparedness and emergency response to all types of natural and other emergencies and disasters in Minnesota.

A native of Olivia, Minn., Joe served previously as the HSEM deputy director for the past four years.  Before joining HSEM, he 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 bachelor's degree from Saint John’s University, a master’s degree from the United States Army War College, and is a Minnesota certified emergency manager.