Michael Dossett has retired after a 44-year career in state and Louisville Metgro Government. (YouTube screenshot)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Friday that Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, will retire at the end of the year, following a career of over 44 years to state and Louisville Metro Government.

Dossett has worked under four consecutive governors and held senior advisor positions for the last 16 years in state government.  His leadership positions included deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice from 2004-2008 and Emergency Management director since 2014.  He previously served with the Louisville Metro Police Department for 28 years, retiring as an assistant police chief.

“Director Dossett is an MVP on Team Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.  “We are so fortunate to have had his leadership during this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, as well as the many natural disasters our state has faced over the same time period.  That’s in addition to his 42 years of service to Kentuckians before COVID-19 struck, which prepared him to be the leader we needed in this moment.  Director, thank you.”

Dossett began his career with Kentucky Emergency Management in 2009 as a regional response manager, and continued service as the division logistics chief in 2011. Director Dossett also served as the private-sector program coordinator, and in this position, he developed a nationally recognized best practice model for the integration of public-private partnerships and alliances in disaster response. In 2015, Director Dossett received the first National InfraGard Award for Public-Private Sector Innovation in Washington, D.C.

“Director Dossett is a veteran of 16 presidential disaster declarations, successfully guiding the state response and recovery efforts for severe flooding, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, forest fires and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Maj. Gen. Hal Lamberton, Adjutant General of Kentucky.  “During the COVID-19 outbreak, Director Dossett pivoted the agency to become the statewide procurement and logistics branch for acquisition of all PPE, where the state was able to acquire a 120-day surge supply to ensure a strategic stockpile of medical supplies for Gov. Beshear’s COVID recovery efforts.”

No successor has been named yet.

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