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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester's new Emergency Management Director is leaving the White House to become a city employee.

After a nationwide search that was launched following the retirement of Ken Jones, a news release issued this afternoon by the City of Rochester says Kyle Mirehouse has been hired as his successor. He is scheduled to report for work on June 2.

The 2005 graduate of John Marshall High School holds a Doctorate in Emergency Management and Public Safety and is currently working in an Emergency Management position for the Office of the President of the United States. Before his employment at the White House, Mirehouse was the Director of Emergency Management, Homeland Security & Communications for the City of Milwaukee. He is also a US Marine and currently serves in the Reserves as an Operations Chief and Company Gunnery Sergeant. The news release notes he was awarded the Purple Heart in 2009.

“The City of Rochester is excited to welcome Mr. Mirehouse to the organization. The realignment of this position is an opportunity for continuous improvement, including how we bring together existing resources to strengthen the outcomes for our community and organization. This position is vital in the way it focuses on relationships and collaboration, especially with public safety agencies and in times of need and crisis,” shared City Administrator Alison Zelms. “Mr. Mirehouse’s extensive background and expertise in the area of Emergency Management will serve our community and organization well.”

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Previously, the City Emergency Management Director was a position within the Rochester Fire Department. That has now changed and Mirehouse will be working in the City Administration and directly with the Rochester Police and Fire Departments.

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