49th Annual KACo Conference & Exposition
Nov. 15-17, 2023 | Central Bank Center | Lexington, KY


In March of 2022, Col. Jeremy Slinker was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear to the role of Director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. Prior to assuming this position, Col. Slinker served for over 30 years with the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Department of Parks. This experience is the foundation for his citizen-centric approach to response, recovery, and preparedness when dealing with disaster events. Since joining the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Director Slinker has coordinated response and recovery missions for five (5) significant disaster events – two of which are the largest disasters in Kentucky history – the western Kentucky tornado event and the eastern Kentucky flooding. Currently, there is one (1) request for a disaster declaration pending presidential approval. In addition to his role at the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Director Slinker is chair of the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission, a member of the National Emergency Management Association’s Resilience Committee and Response and Recovery Committee, and he is the treasurer of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.