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Cedar Rapids Captain Steven O'Konek selected to head Linn County EMA

O'Konek was incident commander during 2016 Cedar Rapids flood

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Emergency Management Commission has selected longtime Cedar Rapids police officer Steven O’Konek to lead the county Emergency Management Agency.

Captain O’Konek, who has been with the Cedar Rapids Police Department since 1985, was picked from a group of 76 applicants to take on the role of coordinator for the county emergency management agency, according to a Monday news release.

O’Konek will replace outgoing Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Goldberg, who will retire next month after nine years at the position.

O’Konek was incident commander for the city of Cedar Rapids during the 2016 flood and served as a police commander during the 2008 flood, assisting staff at the Emergency Operations Center at that time.

He also has experience in Duane Arnold Energy Center drills, according to the release.

“O’Konek has excellent knowledge of emergency and disaster response operations on many levels and has already completed many FEMA training courses as part of his professional development,” according to the release.

In addition, O’Konek served 22 years with the U.S. Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of Major, and he is a graduate from the Senior Management Institute for Police, through Boston University and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

A retirement reception for departing director Goldberg will be 2 to 5 p.m., Feb. 16, at the Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Operations Center, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW in Cedar Rapids.

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