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Emergency Management Director Teri Smith

Director Teri Smith started her career with Douglas County on December 4, 1995.

2007 - Present

  • Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management
  • Assistant Director of Douglas County Emergency Management
  • Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), International Association of Emergency Managers
  • Graduate, National Emergency Manager Executive Academy
  • Graduate, Executive Leadership Program - Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Kansas Certified Emergency Manager (KCEM)
  • Certified Public Manager (CPM)


Douglas County Emergency Management's mission is that the citizen's and cities of Douglas County, including Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin and Lecompton will be disaster aware and disaster prepared. We accomplish this mission by coordinating and collaborating all actions within Douglas County, which involve preparing for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating the impact of crisis, major emergencies and disasters.


  • Review and enhance existing emergency management and response plans in all hazard scenarios.
  • Enhance all hazards public awareness and education for citizens, first responders, businesses and community officials in Douglas County.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of preparedness and response capabilities under the Douglas County emergency response plans.