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Judd Freed Named President of USA Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers

December 7, 2020

Judson (Judd) M. Freed was named the 2020-2021 president of the USA Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA). Freed, an adjunct faculty for the Emergency Services Department at Idaho State University, teaches courses in the new Homeland Security and Emergency Management program.

Freed, a Certified Emergency Manager with more than 30 years of experience in emergency management, homeland security, risk, resilience and continuity, has served since 2003 as director of emergency management and homeland security in Ramsey County, Minnesota, one of the nation’s most densely populated, large urban counties. He is a frequent presenter and lecturer on issues surrounding emergency management, homeland security, public sector risk and ethics in an age of terrorism, and he is an adjunct professor in emergency management at Idaho State University and lectures on community risk at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Freed is very active in government affairs issues pertaining to the structure of homeland security, and the implications to and impact for local communities and local government. He has provided expert testimony before the United States Congress on several occasions, and to federal commissions as well as the Minnesota State Legislature.


He serves as vice chair of the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Emergency Management at the National Association of Counties. Prior to his election as president of IAEM-USA, he served two terms as president of IAEM-USA Region 5 and served on various IAEM committees. He is past president of the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers and is a commissioner to, and treasurer for, the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). He has served on several workgroups and advisory committees of the executive branch of the federal government.