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Christensen, David

  • Departments:Emergency Management
  • Title:EMA Director
  • Phone:(815) 338-6400
  • Fax:(815) 334-4634
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Mr. Christensen is a practicing Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of McHenry as the Director of the Emergency Management Agency. In this capacity, he has led the agency through a transition to improve technology and volunteer programs. Previously he served the Village of Hoffman Estates and the County of Lake in similar capacities. His ancillary duties include serving the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF). Co-Chair of the ITTF Emergency Management Committee and member of the Volunteers and Donations, and Science and Technology. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Logistics Sub-Committee for Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (Chicago Statistical Area). He is a past-President of the International Association of Emergency Managers (Region V), and is a Past President of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association. In addition, Mr. Christensen is an advanced Incident Command System / National Incident Management System instructor. Mr. Christensen is also a member of the Emergency Management Assistance Team and the Illinois Incident Management Team. These deployable teams are mutual aid resources for stricken communities to assist them in disaster coordination and command.

While serving with the Village of Hoffman Estates, David upgraded the Emergency Management Agency to an “Accredited” agency. He is a co-author of the municipal mutual aid agreement for northwestern Lake County. His training has included curriculum from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Frederick College (MD), College of Lake County (IL), Florida State University, University of Phoenix, and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

Mr. Christensen served the United States Navy for 10 years aiding in the testing and deployment of several developmental weapons control systems. His sea service included activity in Central America, Granada, Gulf of Sidra, Persian Gulf, and extended service in the Caribbean. After military service, he worked for an environmental monitoring firm in Lake County. His management responsibilities spanned product quality, reliability and profitability. His evaluation and test methodologies became the worldwide company standard. He traveled extensively in Asia and England to ensure worldwide operations were initiated and conducted to the highest standards of the corporation. Mr. Christensen and his wife were preparing to move to Shenzhen, China to oversee manufacturing and product development operations in Asia just prior to a career change back to public service.

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