Goehring names agricultural emergency manager

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Kent Theurer as the emergency manager in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA).

“State agriculture departments are increasingly involved in agricultural emergency, disaster and security matters, such as foreign animal disease and plant pest outbreaks, animal rescue, food security issues, and weather-related events,” Goehring said. “Mr. Theurer's academic credentials and his considerable background and experience in emergency management and preparedness will help the department respond more effectively to these situations.”

A Dickinson native, Theurer graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in emergency management. For the past seven years, he has been the emergency management coordinator at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center in Jamestown.

In his new position, Theurer will coordinate the development of NDDA's emergency management plans, develop preparedness exercises and facilitate training of NDDA staff in emergency and disaster roles. He will represent NDDA in an operational capacity in times of emergency and disaster, and will serve as liaison with other federal, state, and local government agencies involved in emergency response.