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Outagamie Co. Emergency Management official resigned before tornadoes hit

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An outdoor emergency warning siren.
An outdoor emergency warning siren.

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Outagamie County’s Deputy Director of Emergency Management resigned nearly two weeks before the August 7th storms in the Fox Valley area. 

Steven Hansel handed in his letter of resignation on July 25th.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson spokesperson Larry Abitz confirmed Hansel resigned on that date. 

Contrary to an earlier news report, Hansel's resignation did not occur in the aftermath of a critical audit that found the agency did not follow county policy in activating the emergency sirens during the storm that spawned five tornadoes.

Hansel actually warned the county's Public Safety Committee earlier this year about the lack of a back-up plan for the operation of sirens and maintenance. 

Hansel worked with the department for three years. 

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