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V. Joyce Flinn

Director/Homeland Security Advisor


Joyce FlinnGovernor Kim Reynolds appointed Joyce Flinn to serve as the HSEMD director on Jan. 7, 2019, and as the acting director of the department beginning in June 2018. In addition, she serves as Iowa's Homeland Security Advisor.


Ms. Flinn began her career with emergency management in 1997 in the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program. She transferred to the Readiness and Response Bureau in March 2000. As a member of this bureau she served as program manager for statewide expansion of the NOAA Weather Radio system which was completed in 2006. She became bureau chief for Readiness and Response in August 2008. The bureau transitioned to the Operations Division in July 2013 when HSEMD became a stand-alone department.


While serving as the Operations Division administrator, Ms. Flinn coordinated many response activities during activation of the State Emergency Operations Center. She served as chief of operations when extensive flooding began on the Missouri River on May 25, 2011 and during an EF-5 tornado and subsequent historic flooding that impacted the majority of the state beginning May 25, 2008.

Other responsibilities she managed while administrator of the Operations Division include working with voluntary and faith-based partners, Citizen Corps, intrastate mutual aid, donations management, WebEOC, and operational readiness of the State Emergency Operations Center. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), communications, the Duty Officer program, the Radiological Emergency Preparedness program and the Radiological Maintenance Facility are other key programs and initiatives unde the purview of that division.


For her work on the NOAA Weather Radio expansion, in 2001 the state received a national Mark Trail Award. In 2008 she received the Commanderís Award for Civilian Service for her work in responding to the significant disaster the state experienced.


Ms. Flinn has a degree in criminal justice from Simpson College.



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