Local Emergency Planning Committee

Members

Group #1 — (1) Elected State Official, (1) Elected Local Official

  • Representative Samantha Kerkman, term expires Dec. 31, 2022
  • Supervisor Ed Kubicki, term expires Oct. 1, 2024

Group #2 — (1) Law Enforcement, (1) Civil Defense, (1) Firefighting, (1) First Aid, (1) Health Service, (1) Hospital, (1) Transportation, (1) Local Environmental Organizations

  • Lt. Horace Staples (Kenosha County Sheriff's Department/Emergency Management), term expires Nov. 1, 2022 (Civil Defense and Law Enforcement)
  • Captain Joseph Labatore (Kenosha Police Department), term expires Oct. 1, 2024 (Law Enforcement)
  • Captain Aaron Strom (Somers Fire Department), term expires Feb. 1, 2024, (Firefighting and First Aid)
  • Retired Fire Chief Carson Wilkinson (Somers Fire Department), term expires Feb. 1, 2024 (Firefighting and First Aid)
  • Battalion Chief Ken Schroeder (Kenosha Fire Department, term expires Dec. 1, 2024 (Firefighting and First Aid)
  • Jen Freiheit (Kenosha County Health Officer), term expires Dec. 1, 2023 (Health Services)
  • Christopher Lusiak (Froedtert South), term expires Oct. 1, 2024 (Hospital)
  • Max Kluth (Aurora Medical Center), term expires Oct. 1, 2024 (Hospital)
  • Clement Abongwa (Kenosha County Highway Director), term expires May 18, 2024, (Transportation)

Group #3 — (1) Broadcast Media, (1) Print Media, (1) Social Media

  • David McGrath (WGTD radio), term expires Dec. 31, 2022 (Broadcast Media)
  • Joe Potente (Kenosha County Communications Manager), term expires May 1, 2024 (Social Media)

Group #4 — Community Groups

  • Rick Dodge, term expires July 1, 2022 (Citizen)
  • Nathan Thiel, term expires Feb. 1, 2025 (Village of Pleasant Prairie representative)
  • Nancy Kemp, term expires April 1, 2025 (former Town of Randall Supervisor)
  • Pete Wicklund, term expires May 1, 2024 (former Print Media designee)

Group #5 — Owners & Operators of facilities subject to the requirements of EPCRA

  • Michael Boozer, term expires Dec. 31, 2022

History & Purpose

In 1986, Federal legislation enacted the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, Title III (SARA Title III), also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act. SARA Title III required states to create a State Emergency Response Commission and to establish Local Emergency Planning Districts.

Wisconsin legislation created the Wisconsin State Emergency Response Board (SERB) on July 17, 1987. The Wisconsin SERB established Local Emergency Planning Districts that coincide with county jurisdictional boundaries and required counties to create a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in accordance with SARA Title III.  

 The Kenosha County Local Emergency Planning Committee was created by Kenosha County Board of Supervisors Policy Resolution #95 (August 18, 1987). A Local Emergency Planning Committee is an advisory committee that also has legal authority regarding the enforcement of chemical reporting and the clean-up of chemical spills or releases. The Kenosha County Emergency Planning Committee, through Kenosha County Emergency Management, oversees the Hazardous Materials Planning and Community Right-to-Know functions for Kenosha County and all of its municipalities.

Members & Terms

In accordance with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, Title III (SARA Title III) of 1986, the Local Emergency Planning Committee shall include, at a minimum, representatives from each of the following groups or organizations: 

Group 1:  (1) Elected State Official (1) Elected Local Official

Group 2:  (1) Law Enforcement (1) Civil Defense (1) Firefighting (1) First Aid (1) Health           Service (1) Hospital (1) Transportation (1) Local Environmental Organizations

Group 3:  (1) Broadcast Media (1) Print Media

Group 4:  Community Groups

Group 5:  Owners and Operators of facilities subject to the requirements of EPCRA

Committee members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors. Term lengths are determined by the County Executive. At the present time, members serve 3-year terms. Members receive no compensation.