Office Director Biographies
The Division is comprised of three offices: Preparedness, Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) and Emergency Management. Each office is lead by a director.
Preparedness Director Ezzie Michaels
Ezzie Michaels was appointed to the position of the Director of the Office of Preparedness within Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) in the Colorado Department of Department of Public Safety on November 3, 2016. Michaels will also be the acting Emergency Management Director as DHSEM conducts an national search for a full time replacement. Born and raised in Israel, Ezzie migrated to the U.S. to further his education. Ezzie holds a master degree in Homeland Security and an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver.
Ezzie began his career in the homeland security field with the State of Colorado in 2008. As a Grant Manager with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Ezzie managed various federal preparedness grant programs. His experience includes directing, overseeing, and managing all grant programs managed by the Office of Preparedness, including Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), State Homeland security Grant Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP), State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), and Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) involving stakeholders at the local, regional, Tribal Nations, and federal levels.
Before entering public service, Mr. Michaels held the IT Director position with multiple public held companies. Ezzie is married and has two children.
CIAC Director Captain J.P. Burt
Captain J.P. Burt is the Commander of the Colorado State Patrol Homeland Security Section. He serves the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as the Director of the Colorado Information Analysis Center. Captain Burt also oversees the Colorado State Patrol Intelligence Unit and the Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center.
Office of Emergency Management Director Michael J. Willis
Michael J. Willis begins his tenure as the Director of the Colorado Office of Emergency Management within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) on November 15, 2017.
Michael Willis is the Director of Emergency Management for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He is responsible for the State of Colorado’s comprehensive emergency management program which supports local and State agencies.
Prior to joining the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Michael served in the Colorado National Guard and the United States Army. As a Colorado Guardsman, Michael worked multiple State emergencies including fires, floods, tornados and winter storms. His military experience also includes several overseas tours. He continues to serve as a traditional Colorado National Guardsman as the Assistant Adjutant General for Cyber, Space and Missile Defense.
Michael is a Colorado native and currently lives with his wife in Castle Rock.