Office Director Biographies

 Division is comprised of three offices: Grants Management, Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) and Emergency Management. Each office is lead by a director.

Office of Grants Management Director Ezzie Michaels

Photo of Preparedness Director Ezzie MichaelsEzzie Michaels was appointed to the position of the Director of the Office of Grants Management 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 ster 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.

 

Office of Emergency Management Director Michael J. Willis

Michael J. Willis was appointed as the Director of the Colorado Office of Emergency Management within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) on November 15, 2017. 

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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. 

Biography Director Michael Willis

 

Office of Prevention and Security / Colorado Information Analysis Center Director Kevin McElyea

Kevin McElyea is the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) Director.  McElyea, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, began his tenure at the CIAC on October 29, 2018. He brings a wealth of leadership experienCIAC Director.pngce, local stakeholder perspective and a diverse background that will be an asset to the CIAC and its many partners.

McElyea has 12 years of command level experience with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Florida. He recently commanded the Special Operations Bureau and served as the High Risk Incident Commander for occurrences requiring activation of SWAT, Emergency Response Teams (ERT) and other high profile events. He led over 17 individual units including aviation, animal services, agriculture, marine, traffic, DUI, K-9, mounted patrol, SWAT, ERT, Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force, school resource officers, crime prevention, among others.

McElyea holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Argosy University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the Florida Sheriff’s Association Commanders Academy and holds several certifications for incident command and weapons of mass destruction response tactics.

McElyea has been married for 17 years and has two children ages 12 and 10 and a rescue puppy. He has been visiting Colorado for over 20 years and is truly excited to have the opportunity to call Colorado home.