MANATEE COUNTY, FL (November 4, 2022) – A statewide leader in emergency management and response—who just happens to live in Ellenton—is joining Manatee County Public Safety as Deputy Chief of Emergency Management.
Jodie Setnor Fiske comes to Manatee County Emergency Management from the Office of the Governor, Florida Division of Emergency Management, where she was the Statewide Field Supervisor of Regional Response Coordination Teams and the Regional Response Coordinator for Region 6, responsible for 10 Florida Counties in Southwest Florida for response, preparedness, planning, recovery and mitigation emergency management needs.
“It’s easy to serve when times are good; but it’s an honor to serve when times are tough,” said Fiske. “Preparing for and responding to tough times is what Emergency Management is all about. I’m honored to join the proud professionals of our Manatee County Emergency Management team and grateful to Dr. Hopes, Deputy County Administrator Robert Reinshuttle and Deputy Director of Public Safety Steve Litschauer for their confidence in me.”
Deputy Chief Fiske’s work in disaster response and recovery is wide and varied. Her recent emergency responses have included the Parkland School Shooting and Hurricane Michael in 2018. She worked to coordinate emergency management at the Kosan Propane Fire and Sun Trust mass shooting in Highlands County, the Naval Air Station Pensacola Base Shooting in Escambia County and Hurricane Dorian in 2019. In 2020, she aided in COVID-19 Operations, Hurricane Iona, Hurricane Eta and the Piney Point Gypsum Stack Breach here in Manatee County. In 2021, she worked the Surfside Building Collapse in Miami Dade and with response and recovery from Hurricane Elsa. So far this year, she was deployed to work with flooding recovery in Kentucky—and most recently here in Southwest Florida with the response and recovery from Hurricane Ian.
Deputy Chief Fiske holds a Master of Science degree in Homeland Security/Emergency Management from Kaplan University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
“We are excited to have an experienced emergency manager like Ms. Fiske joining us here,” said Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes. “Her background in coordination of crisis response and recovery will help us continue to do the work that matters—even in traumatic times.”
Deputy Chief Fiske will begin her new role in Manatee County Public Safety Monday, November 7, 2022.