Clermont gets new EMA director

Clermont County Emergency Management Agency has a new director this week.

Pam Broughton, of Pierce Township, has filled Beth Nevel’s position after Nevel retired in October.

“I am very excited about the new position, especially because I am from Clermont County, and it is home.” Broughton said.

Broughton said she grew up in Clermont County and graduated from Glen Este High School in 1997. She was inspired to get into emergency management because her grandfather was a volunteer firefighter.

“I have a strong passion for this field, even from a young age,” Broughton said.

She went on to pursue similar studies in college and graduated from Whittenburg University in 2001. Broughton then received a masters degree in 2009 from the Naval Center for Homeland Defense and Security in California.

“It was a great opportunity,” Broughton said. “I learned so much from my classmates who were fire chiefs, police chiefs, coast guards and public health professionals.”

Broughton said she furthered her focus in the field after seeing how these professionals handled the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I got to see the impact Sept. 11 had on my friends who went to work near Ground Zero,” Broughton said. “It was really challenging to see the strain on them when they returned. It inspired you to be part of the solution.”

Broughton said Sept. 11 changed her perspective and made her want to focus on how to respond to disasters, how to best recover from them and how to prevent them from happening in the future.

She went on to work at AmeriCorps and the American Red Cross, where she managed and coordinated emergency response teams, worked with first responders, managed homeland security grants and more.

Broughton said she is excited to put her experience to use in Clermont County.

“I am looking forward to working with first response agencies to have an integrated plan, so in case of an emergency, we have a good working relationship,” she said.

Broughton also said she will spend a good deal of time updating the emergency operation plan, which dictates how the county will function during an emergency.

“I am very excited to have an opportunity to advance in this field in our region,” Broughton said. “It’s a great opportunity to advance an an area I am familiar with.”

Clermont County Commissioners approved the hiring of Broughton as the new EMA director at their Nov. 16 session. Her first day working for the county was Nov. 28.