Michael Dossett was appointed as the Director of the Division of Emergency Management on June 1, 2014 and he continues to lead the agency under Governor Matt Bevin. He has served in Kentucky state government since 2004.
Director 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 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.
Michael 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 Public – Private Sector Program Coordinator and developed a nationally recognized best-practice model for the integration of private sector partnerships and alliances in disaster response. During this period he led the process of integrating the Private Sector Virtual Business EOC concept as an integral part of response operations. Mr. Dossett was also selected as the first recipient of the National InfraGard Award in 2015 for Public-Private Sector Innovation.
Director Dossett serves as the Chair of the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission. He has also previously served as the Chairman of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board of Directors and has been a member of the KCCR Team since 2008.
Mr. Dossett presently serves as the Chairman of the National Emergency Management Association ASTHO-GHSAC Joint Policy Work Group, also serving on the EMAC Committee and the Financial Subcommittee for NEMA. In addition, Director Dossett serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium.
Director 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. He attended the University of Louisville and the Southern Police Institute.