Drew Chandler was appointed Director of Emergency Management for Woodford County on July 1, 2015. As Director, his responsibilities include oversight in all four phases of the emergency management cycle, supervision of three deputies, and general administration of the department. His career in public safety began in 1997 when he joined a local volunteer fire department near his hometown of Huntington, WV. Upon moving to Kentucky in 2002 he volunteered with Emergency Management and was appointed Deputy in 2003. He has completed both the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Professional Development Series and Advanced Professional Series along with position specific training for several roles in the Incident Command System. Drew holds multiple certifications and licenses including Certified Kentucky Emergency Manager, Amateur Radio Operator (General Class), Emergency Medical Technician, and Hazardous Materials Technician.
Concurrent to his time with Woodford County, Drew worked as the IT/Communications Manager in the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness Branch from 2006-2014 where he managed multiple high profile projects and excelled as a state emergency response official during multiple Presidentially declared disasters. He was recognized by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management for his successful implementation of the WebEOC incident management software in response to the February 2007 “Super Tuesday” tornado outbreak. Drew left KDPH in 2014 to manage Kentucky’s transition to standardized electronic prehospital care reporting as the Data Administrator for the Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) in Lexington, a position he continues to hold. At KBEMS also oversees the Kentucky EMS Information System license management database for agencies, providers, and vehicles.
Director Chandler currently represents a significant number of Kentucky’s responders and residents on multiple boards and committees including the Woodford County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Bluegrass Emergency Response Team, Bluegrass Area Homeland Security Council and was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Wireless Interoperability Executive Committee. He was elected by his peers in the Kentucky Emergency Management Association to the office of Regional Vice President for the 2010-2012 term and to the office of Executive Vice President for three concurrent terms through 2018. He was instrumental as one of three Kentucky Emergency Services Conference founding directors in obtaining IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization status. Drew also served on the Woodford County Board of Health (2004-2014) and the International WebEOC User Advisory Board (2011-2014).
Drew lives in Versailles with his wife, Diana, and daughters, Andrea and Hannah.