FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear announces the appointment of Col. Jeremy C. Slinker as the new director of Kentucky Emergency Management beginning March 1. Col. Slinker will replace the outgoing director, Michael E. Dossett, who is retiring from the agency after more than 44 years of public service.
Col. Slinker has been in public service for almost 30 years. He currently is the director of the Ranger Division for Kentucky State Parks and served with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) for 25 years as a trooper and in all supervisory ranks, holding command positions in post operations, special operations and drug enforcement/special investigations.
In 2016, he was appointed to the KSP command staff as the special enforcement troop commander and in 2017 was promoted as the operations division director. Col. Slinker resides in Richmond, Kentucky, and is a 1993 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.
Director Dossett initially announced his retirement in December 2021, before the deadly tornadoes hit Western Kentucky, but remained with the agency to manage the commonwealth’s initial response and recovery efforts.
Director Dossett’s last day at Kentucky Emergency Management is Feb. 28, and Col. Slinker starts his new role on March 1.
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