Allen County Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier honored

Bernie Beier

Bernie Beier, director of Homeland Security for Allen County, is being recognized nationally for his work by the Government Technology & Services Coalition.

Beier has been chosen to receive a 2019 Mission Award from the coalition’s publication, Homeland Security Today. The award honors persons in communities nationwide who are making unique contributions to advance the mission of keeping America safer from myriad threats. The award is to be presented at a ceremony next month in Washington, D.C.

Beier was nominated by the office of the Allen County Board of Commissioners. In his seven and one-half years as Homeland Security Director, Beier has been responsible for developing, implementing and directing a comprehensive homeland security program. He has determined and set strategy goals and developed and led an integrated management system which significantly enhanced the safety and security of the county. Beier has also provided public policy input and analysis, drafted comprehensive plans and conducted program evaluation, developed high-trust relationships with homeland security stakeholders, and leveraged the collective resources of the county through public partnerships for homeland security.

Most recently, Beier has been championing a means to get information pushed more quickly to decision-makers who need data vital to determining the proper responses to emergency situations, moving away from a top-down structure to a virtual Emergency Operations Center. As the virtual EOC is put in place, organizations from the three cities in Allen County will be connected along with relevant county departments.

The Government Technology & Services Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association of innovative, agile, small and mid-size company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security sector.


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