Disaster Zone

Iowa Governor Names New EM Director

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds names acting director — director.

by Eric Holdeman / January 14, 2019

See announcement below. Iowa Governor names new Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

"Joyce Flinn has been named Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, effective January 7, 2019. Joyce was named acting director of the department in June 2018 and has been serving in various emergency management roles since 1997. Joyce has been chief of operations during numerous disaster responses, the two most significant being the Missouri River flooding on May 25, 2011, and also during an EF-5 tornado and subsequent flooding that devastated the state on May 25, 2008. Joyce has a degree in criminal justice from Simpson College."

“I am honored to serve as the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and lead consequence management efforts,” said Flinn. “Iowa has seen no shortage of weather disasters this past year. We must strive to coordinate with our partners to ensure an effective response in order to protect the people of Iowa and their property.”