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Julie Loeffelholz out as Outagamie County's EM Director

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Outagamie County Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz. (Photo from: FOX 11).
Outagamie County Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz. (Photo from: FOX 11).

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Outagamie County is apparently looking for a new emergency management director.

The Outagamie County Executive's office says they will release more information later Monday, but Julie Loeffelholz is no longer on the job.

The agency came under fire following sirens failing ahead of six tornadoes which tore through the county last August.

After that, members of the Outagamie County Board ordered an outside review of the department and its response to the tornadoes.

County officials won’t say if Loeffelholz was fired, or if she resigned Monday. Public Safety Committee Chair Jim Duncan told FOX 11 he’s pleased with the change.

“Obviously, we concur with their decision, because, and I told them that I would say that, because back in September, we would make a recommendation that some sort of disciplinary action would be taken,” said Duncan.

Loeffelholz’s departure also comes a few days after another report was released. That showed her department failed to sound emergency sirens on August 7 during this severe storm, which caused $30 million in damage.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson says that’s not the reason she’s no longer working for the county. Nelson says he hopes to appoint an interim director soon.

Deputy Emergency Management Director Mike Pamperin will be in charge for now.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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