Jonathon E. Monken, Director
Jonathon E. Monken was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) on February 14, 2011. As director, Mr. Monken oversees Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 245+ employees and a budget of more than $618 million. In this capacity, he also serves as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor.
At IEMA, Mr. Monken has directed the response and recovery effort to 91 Illinois counties declared State disaster areas which included the statewide response to the 2011 blizzard, the record Midwest 2011 floods that impacted multiple regions in the state and the devastating tornado that struck Harrisburg and Ridgeway in Southern Illinois.
Mr. Monken is Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), a partnership of the eight states affected by the New Madrid Seismic Zone. He was most recently elected the NEMA Vice-President to FEMA Region V and appointed the Vice-Chair of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Homeland Security Committee. Mr. Monken is also a member of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council.
Prior to becoming IEMA director, Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million. Jonathon also possesses a distinguished military career having served one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Captain Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat.
Monken graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his military class rank placed him in the top 1% of his class. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Jonathon enjoys being active in his community and is a proud member of American Legion Post #1922 and Springfield Mid-Town Club of Rotary International.
He lives in Springfield with his wife Jennifer and their two sons Jack and Luke.