Office of Emergency Management
Mike was appointed as Director of Kalamazoo County's Office of Emergency Management in the summer of 2018. As the Director, Mike is responsible to develop and execute the emergency management program for Kalamazoo County, including the Cities of Kalamazoo, Portage, Galesburg, and Parchment. Mike brings over 30 years of public safety, military, and private business experience to the office. He has been involved with emergency management in Kalamazoo County for over 25 years, serving as the chairperson for the Disaster Preparedness Committee for most of that time. Mike previously served as a Fire Chief in 2 communities, and served over 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard retiring as a Senior Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist. He served 3 tours in the Persian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was deployed to many disaster and maritime security operations around the globe. Mike is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s academy, and is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
Jeff has been with the Office of Emergency Management since August 2019, supporting and assisting the Emergency Management Director in the planning, coordination, and management of the County’s consolidated emergency management and domestic preparedness program. Jeff’s work has focused on local emergency operation planning within Kalamazoo County and ensuring the operational readiness of the County emergency communications and warning systems. Jeff worked previously in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department. While there, he coordinated the distribution of water for the 2018 City of Parchment/Cooper Township PFAS Emergency Response. Jeff is a native of Plainwell and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Western Michigan University and currently resides in Oshtemo Township.
Andrew Alspach is the EOC Public Information Officer for the Kalamazoo County Office of Emergency Management. Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Mr. Alspach moved to the Kalamazoo area in 2004 from Boston. He lives in Richland with his wife and 2 children. He usually serves as a Hazard Mitigation Planner with the OEM, and has done so since August of 2019. Mr. Alspach also is the founder and owner of InfoSafe, an information security and response company. With over 23 years of private security, executive protection, and crisis response, Andrew has undergone extensive training in emergency management in a number of disciplines, with advanced training from FEMA at the National Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama, as well as the Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, Maryland.
Russ has been a volunteer for the office of Emergency Management since 2000. Previously, Russ volunteered for the American Red Cross for 20 years. During that time he deployed with the Red Cross to many disaster areas, including to New York City during the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack and to many areas of the country for hurricane events. Russ is retired from the logistics field and currently assists OEM with logistics and equipment support. Russ is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is an active mariner.