KY Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Michael Dossett director of Emergency Management on June 1, 2014.
Michael Dossett began a professional career in law enforcement in 1975, then joining the Louisville Division of Police in Louisville, Kentucky. He served with the Department for 29 years, retiring in 2004 as an Assistant Chief of Police. Following retirement he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice from 2004 to 2008.
Mr. Dossett began his career with the Department of Military Affairs in August 2009 as a KYEM Regional Response Manager. He was promoted in March 2011 to Logistics Chief and held that position within the division until his retirement in July 2013.
During his tenure at KYEM Mr. Dossett also served as the Private Sector Program Coordinator and developed a nationally recognized best-practice model for the integration of public-private partnerships and alliances in disaster response, including the integration of the Private Sector Virtual Business EOC concept.
Mr. Dossett has served as the Chairman of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board of Directors and has been a member of the KCCR Team since 2008. He has also served as a Special Advisor to the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission.
Mr. Dossett has related experience in the fields of homeland security and crisis management, having previously served as the coordinator for the Office of Homeland Security for the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Mr. Dossett holds FEMA certifications for All-Hazards Incident Commander, Logistics Chief, Master Exercise Practitioner and Type III Multi Agency IMT Commander. He is a certified police instructor for the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council and also holds instructor certifications for the Incident Command System and Exercise and Evaluation programs.