Board of Directors

Elections for the AAEM Board of Directors are held each year at the annual conference. Officers serve for one year.

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President - Jonathan W. Gaddy

Director, Calhoun County EMA

Jonathan Gaddy is the Emergency Management Agency Director for Calhoun County, Alabama, where he has worked since 2007.  Mr. Gaddy has responded to multiple federally declared disasters both in Alabama and around the country. In addition to his duties at the EMA, he serves as President of the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers, as an adjunct instructor in the Jacksonville State University emergency management program, and works on a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Mr. Gaddy holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).


First Vice President - Bob Franklin

Director, Russell County EMA

In 2011, Bob was named the Acting Director of Homeland Security/Emergency Management for Russell County and was then appointed Director of Homeland Security/Emergency Management by the Russell County Commission in 2012. Bob severed as the Area 4 Director for the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers for three years prior to being elected 2nd Vice President in 2016. He received his Masters Certification from the AAEM. Bob and his wife, Laurie – who is the Office Manager for Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor – have two children and four grandchildren.  They have been married for 34 years and live in Fort Mitchell.


Immediate Past President - Mike Evans

Deputy Director, Mobile County EMA

Mike currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency with over 16 years of emergency management experience. Mr. Evans's primary responsibilities include coordination with county and city resources to ensure effective employment of disaster personnel and equipment during incidents, special events, and emergencies impacting Mobile County. During emergencies, Mr. Evans is responsible for staffing and activating the Mobile County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where local resources are employed to fulfill disaster needs and to protect the 420,000+ citizens of Mobile County. He also has 10 years of manufacturing experience in private industry prior to working for emergency management. Additionally, Mike serves as a Lieutenant Colonel with over 32 years in the Alabama Army National Guard. Mr. Evans has deployed twice to the Middle East for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003 and 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Mobile and a Master of Science in Management from Troy University. He is also a Certified Emergency Manger (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers and holds Masters Level Emergency Management (MLEM) certification through the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. He has been involved in over ten Presidential declarations, giving him a multitude of disaster experience; most notably, he has served in the response and recovery of Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis, and Katrina, the 2012 Christmas Day tornadoes as well as Deep Water Horizon.


Area Directors

Area 1 - Scott Wallace - Baldwin County EMA

Baldwin,Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, & Washington

Area 2 - Susan Harris - Covington County EMA

Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, & Pike

Area 3 - Kevin McKinney - Marengo County EMA

Bibb, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, & Wilcox

Area 4 - Eric Jones - Elmore County EMA

Chilton, Autauga, Lowndes, Coosa, Elmore, Montgomery, Tallapoosa, Macon, Lee, Bullock, Russell, & Chambers

Area 5 - Jimmy Mills - Marion County EMA

Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Lawrence, Winston, & Walker

Area 6 - Michael Posey - DeKalb County EMA

Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Cullman, Blount, Marshall, Etowah, Jackson, DeKalb, & Cherokee

Area 7 -  Hub Harvey - Shelby County EMA

Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Jefferson, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega

Area 8 - Jeff Smitherman - Alabama EMA

Alabama EMA (state)