Tours in Colorado, Florida, West Germany and California
1979-2003AL Emergency Mgmt. Agency (AEMA)
Managed over 100 disaster response and recovery programs. Held positions of Deputy Director of the Disaster Housing Office; Area Coordinator; and Director of Operations.
1983 - 1988 Auburn University Montgomery
1994 Candidate for AL Public Service Comm.
Received 49.4% of statewide votes
1995 - 1998 Appointed by Governor James as Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency
1999 - 2003 Appointed by Governor Don Siegelman as Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency
AEMA Director by Governor Fob James, (Republican) from 1995 - 1998 and Governor Don Siegelman, (Democrat) in 1999 - 2003. Also appointed by Governor Siegelman as the Deputy Director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.
2003- Present Owner of Lee Helms Associates, L. L. C.
Renee Helms, Manager; Rachel Beam, Chasey Jockish, Administrative Assistants. Completed and continuing projects include working with local governments in 58 of the 67 Alabama counties; Five Private Companies; One State Dept.; utilizing as many as ten sub-contractors and partnering with additional companies when appropriate.
Served as Chairman of the Governor's Long-Range Disaster Recovery and Avoidance Task Force
Served as Chairman of the Commercial Mobile Radio Service Board (Wireless E-911)
Past Board Member of the Montgomery City Planning Commission and the Central Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross
National Award for Support of the EMA Programs - International Association of Emergency Managers 1998
USDA Annual Award for Outstanding Public Service for Alabama Rural Communities and Towns
1998 Tom McLendon Award for Outstanding Leadership by the Alabama Association of Volunteer Firefighters
Town of Eva Community Safe Rooms - Morgan County, AL