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Stevens County Emergency Management Deputy Director Dona Greiner was honored by the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday for earning the State Non-Director of the Year Award from the Association of Minnesota Emergency Management last month. From left are Commissioners Herb Kloos, Don Munsterman and Larry Sayre, Sheriff Randy Willis, Greiner, and Commissioners Paul Watzke and Ron Staples. The commissioners approved a measure designating Oct. 6, 2009, as Dona Greiner Day in Stevens County.

Greiner earns state-wide award

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Dona Greiner, Stevens County Deputy Emergency Manager, and Safety Coordinator was named State Non-Director of the Year by the Association of Minnesota Emergency Management Sept. 22.

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Greiner received her award during the associations annual Breezy Point Conference in Brainerd.

The State Non-Director of the Year Award is presented to a member for outstanding performance in furthering the objectives of the association and profession of Emergency Management.

On Tuesday, Greiner was honored by the Stevens County Board of Commissioners, and a proclamation was read that designated Oct. 6, 2009, as Dona Greiner Day in the county.

"It's a true honor," she said.

County Sheriff and Emergency Management Director Randy Willis said Greiner has leadership skills, is experienced in disaster planning and has developed initiatives that are being used by other EM staffs throughout the state.

Greiner was instrumental is helping FEMA during the Red River flooding this spring, Willis said.

"She does this stuff constantly," Willis said. "She does a tremendous job and her work is recognized around the state, not just this area."

Greiner joined the Sheriff's Office in January 2008 after almost 20 years in county public health. Dona and her husband, Greg, live in Donnelly have four children.

At the conference, Ann Vipond, Stevens County Sheriff's Office Administrative Assistant and Deputy Emergency Management Director, received State Certification.

Kathy Wevley, of West Central Environmental Consultant's Chemical Assessment Team Emergency Management Coordinator, Greiner and Willis also received State Certification.

Approximately 265 hours of on-line and class room training is required to complete the Minnesota Emergency Management Professional Certification Program, which is sponsored by FEMA and the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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