Part 2 of my extremely enjoyable and educational discussion with Jeff Jelinek. Jeff and I have "known of" each other via an organizations and friends that are near and dear to my heart. Everytime his name would come up people would speak VERY highly of him and his competence. So much so that i thought to myself "I wonder if he'd come and join me on this podcast". Well, lo and behold, he agreed to do so in a heartbeat! To meet Jeff in person though is to meet someone seasoned by trials and ready for whatever the future may hold. As Mark Twain once wrote "the weakest of all weak things is a virtue that has not been tested by fire". Jeff's virtues HAVE been tested, and they have come out on top. What is most amazing to me is that Jeff Jelinek, who you met in last week's podcasts, works in a field which is fraught with stress and yet he is one of the funnest people to talk with that I have ever met. He is a zen master in emergency management both personally and professionally. He prepares for emergencies and disasters and yet instead of being a nervous wreck (like I would be) he is straightforward and calm. Things that most of us want to pretend will never happen to us are part of Jeff's daily life and thinking almost continuously. In Jeff life, everytime there's a storm he's got to be on alert. Oh joy, oh rapture, oh bliss. But trust me, he's the type of guy you want at the helm when a mother nature or any other life threatening event occurs.
Jeff Jelinek has been the Emergency Management Director for Sauk County for the past 16 years. His responsibility is to prepare Sauk County for any and all possible emergency events with planning, training, and coordination between agencies. Prior to his current position, Jeff was the Bioterrorism Education and Training Officer with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Jeff also spent 13 years working for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in numerous positions. He has been involved in numerous emergency response operations giving him the knowledge and experience to train others on effective command and control.