County closer to hiring emergency management director

Committee makes recommendation to fill vacant post

A Shawano County committee this week recommended the hiring of a retiring army colonel and Shawano native to take over as emergency management director.

James Davel was unanimously approved by the public safety committee after two interviews. The recommendation will go the administrative committee on Wednesday for consideration and the full County Board on July 25.

Davel currently serves in the United States Army at the rank of colonel, and will be retiring after 27 years. He has received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and he has been stationed in many countries during his service, according to the county resolution recommending his hiring.

Davel is originally from Shawano and will be returning to Shawano permanently, together with his family, after his retirement.

Davel has accepted the position. If approved by the County Board, his start date would be Sept. 17.

The county’s emergency management duties have been overseen by a regional director since February when Natalie Easterday left the post to take a job with Wisconsin Emergency Management.

The emergency management director is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive emergency management programs, as well as overseeing mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities for emergencies resulting from natural and man-made disasters.

The county had 46 applicants for the job, seven of which were chosen to be interviewed, though two of those were no-shows, according to County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller.

Miller said applicants for the job came from all over the U.S., including California, Hawaii, Alaska, Connecticut, Vermont and Virginia.

Two of the finalists behind Davel included a Marine and a Navy commander, Miller said.

Davel would be paid an annual salary of $65,873.