Brig. Gen. William P. Robertson was named the acting director for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Robertson, a Peoria native, currently serves as chief of staff for the Illinois Air National Guard. He previously was commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria until last autumn.
“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen to lead the state’s emergency management efforts, but, even more so, it is a tremendous responsibility,” Robertson said. “Every agency within Illinois, at every level of government, has a responsibility for planning for emergencies and when needed, responding quickly and effectively. Being at the center – coordinating those efforts – is vitally important and a ‘no fail’ contract we hold with the people of Illinois. I look forward to joining an outstanding team of professionals at IEMA and continuing the great work this agency does for the citizens of Illinois.”
“I’m confident Gen. Robertson’s decades of leadership experience in both wartime and domestic operations will ensure IEMA continues to fulfill its critical public safety mission,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said after appointing Robertson.
Robertson received training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Northern Command as a Dual Status Commander. During a multi-state disaster or national event, a DSC can serve in federal and state roles to coordinate a joint response.
Robertson graduated from Bradley University and Illinois Central College.