Larimer County Hires Lori Hodges as Director of Emergency Management and Recovery
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jan 10, 2014
Hoffmann, County Manager, 970-215-3509, email@example.com
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Fort Collins, CO – Larimer County announced today that Lori Hodges will be the County’s new Director of Emergency Management and Recovery. Hodges has a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Denver; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management and Planning from Metro State College of Denver. Past work experience includes Director of Emergency Management with Park County, Colorado; Regional Field Manager with Colorado Office of Emergency Management; and most recently Systems Integration Project Manager with the Colorado Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Hodges will begin employment with Larimer County on January 27, 2014, with an annual salary of $91,500. Her office will be located in the Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building at 200 West Oak in Fort Collins.
County Manager Linda Hoffmann says Lori Hodges was chosen from a field of 44 candidates for this nationally advertised position. Hodges will take the reins of planning long-term recovery from the recent floods. Hoffmann commented, “Lori’s knowledge of programs and funding opportunities to support recovery efforts will be very beneficial to our community. She has first-hand knowledge and experience with both State and Federal resources that can leverage local means.” Hodges will work closely with the County’s Emergency Manager, Erik Nilsson, Recovery Manager, Suzanne Bassinger, and other County leaders to coordinate flood recovery activities. Larimer County’s 5-Year Strategic Plan includes as one of its seven goals a plan to “proactively deal with threats from wildfire and floods.” Hodges will be part of the team that pursues this goal. The County envisions a balanced emergency management program addressing disaster planning, preparation, response, recovery and mitigation.
Hodges will be relocating to Larimer County from her current residence in the Denver area. She is anxious to join the Larimer County organization and community and said “This will be a challenge and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build a strong program for the community.”