Director Harold Damron has been actively involved in emergency management since 1985. In 1991, he joined the staff of the Will County Emergency Management Agency and was appointed as its 8th director in 2007. During his career, he has helped coordinate the response and recovery efforts for eight presidentially-declared disasters and numerous other emergencies. He serves on a number of boards and task forces, including the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and the Will County Emergency Telephone System Board
Harold holds a number of emergency management professional certifications, including Certified Emergency Manager and Illinois Professional Emergency Manager. He completed Cohort 1 of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Governors State University and is currently enrolled in the Air Command and Staff College non-resident program at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University.
In addition to his responsibilities as director, Harold has been active in various volunteer organizations for more than 30 years. He currently serves a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. Harold and his wife are life-long residents of Will County.