County Hires New Emergency Manager / Veterans Service Officer

 Doug Huntrods 

Doug Huntrods 

Doug began his dual position as Meade County Emergency Manager / Veterans Service Officer on March 15, 2018.

Doug Huntrods grew up on a small farm outside of St. Charles in southern Iowa near the Bridges of Madison County and John Wayne’s birthplace. He attended Iowa State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology and graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. 

He and his new wife Carolyn started a 22 year military career at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1990. Doug’s duty stations included the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Cambell, Kentucky, 2d Infantry Division in South Korea, the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY as well as assignments in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and California. He has served as a commander at Battery, Company and Battalion level, other leadership positions and on various battalion and division staffs in plans and operations.

Retiring from the Army in 2012, Doug and Carolyn settled in Madison, South Dakota where the career of Emergency Management and Veteran’s Service found Doug. He served Lake County residents in those roles from 2014 until assuming the same roles in Meade County in March 2018. In 2016 Doug earned a Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University.

Doug and Carolyn have two children; Heather with husband Paul and one granddaughter Harper of La Vista, Nebraska and son Kaden a graduate student and swim coach at SDSU.