Illinois Emergency Services Management Association

Joseph Klinger Retires from IEMA, Ricker Appointed Acting Director

Emergency Management Partners:
After nearly 30 years with the state of Illinois, first with the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety and for the past 14 years with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, I am pleased to announce my retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2017. It is time, as my work career spans approximately 50 years.  This was a very personal and difficult decision and has been long in the making.  I wanted to make sure that certain initiatives were completed and proper personnel in key positions to carry on the stellar legacy of our agency before I made my decision.  I could not be more proud of our agency and I have enjoyed immensely the professional opportunities and friendships I have experienced while working here.  I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to contribute to protecting the health and safety of Illinois residents in both the radiation/nuclear and emergency management fields, including my service as Deputy Director, Interim Director and, most recently, as Acting Director.  
Thanks to all of you in support of our agency and for your friendship and partnership throughout these many years.  I have been honored and proud to work with each of you in our shared public safety mission  and wish you all the best in the coming years. 
Effective January 1, 2018, Jennifer Ricker will be IEMA’s Interim Director.  Jennifer has served as Chief of Staff at IEMA since 2009, and has overseen many of the agency’s critical programs and initiatives during her tenure. In addition, since Nov. 13, 2017, Jennifer shouldered additional responsibilities as IEMA’s Acting Deputy Director. 
I have agreed to assist with this transition on a contractual basis, so I should have a chance to interact with many of you in the coming weeks.
While it has been exciting to be a part of the nationally and internationally recognized programs at IDNS and IEMA for the past three decades, I am looking forward to having more time to work on my other interests, spend more time with family and friends and, in particular, NOT receiving calls in the middle of the night about the latest disaster!  V/R Joe
Joseph G. Klinger
Acting Director
Illinois Emergency Management Agency