Who We Are

The Allen County Office of Homeland Security is created locally under Allen County Code Title 8, Article 8 (pdf).  It serves as the local agency responsible for disaster preparedeness and coordination of response as defined by Indiana Code 10-14-3-17.  The Director of Homeland Security serves as the county emergency management and disaster director.  The local emergency management and preparedness program is overseen by the Allen County Homeland Security Advisory Council.

 Allen County Homeland Security Advisory Council

The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) exercises general supervision and control of the emergency management and disaster program of Allen County.  It is comprised of local elected officials representing each juridiction within Allen County as well as public safety officials and representatives of other agencies who assist emergency management.

The Allen County Office of Homeland Security is managed by three people:

Bernard J. Beier, Jr.

Director

bernie beier 2Bernie Beier was appointed to serve as the Director of Homeland Security for Allen County in April of 2012. Prior to that, he had served as the Director of Homeland Security for the City of Fort Wayne since 2003.

Bernie retired in June of 2002 from the U.S. Marine Corps after serving 21 years. He is a combat veteran and served on several Joint Task Forces dealing with intelligence and terrorism.

As director, Bernie provides leadership and coordinates the Homeland Security effort between participating agencies, jurisdictions and organizations.

Bernie is a graduate of Bishop Luers High School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s degree in Security Management. He is a graduate of the Leadership Fort Wayne program.

He serves on several Local, State and National homeland security-related boards, committees and commissions. He and his wife Lora have four adult children.

Chris Fleischer

Planning Coordinator

Chris Fleischer took the position of planning coordinator in March of 2019. Prior to that, he worked at the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office for 23 years, as a supervising investigator.

As planning coordinator, he manages the local emergency management planning process. He researches, identifies, and plans for all threats and hazards within Allen County. He collaborates with Allen County government and stakeholders to create, review, and revise plans. In addition, he manages the ACOHS Drone Program.

During his time here, Chris has started the Allen County Drone Working Group, which unites Fort Wayne city departments, New Haven, and other first responders to collaborate and coordinate on the use of drones in Allen County.

Chris is a graduate of Concordia High School. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science; Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Both from Ball State); and a Master’s Degree in Public Management (Indiana University). His certification and licenses include FAA Licensed sUAS Drone Pilot and NRA Certified Pistol Instructor.

Outside of work, Chris has been an active volunteer in the non-profit community for over 10 years. He has served roles on several boards, including the President of the Board of Directors for the Down syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana and the Children’s Autism Center.

Lori Mayers

Information Coordinator

After Lori graduated high school, Lori join the Civil Defense Office, where she has served for 33 years.

Lori is responsible for administering financials and budget for the Office. She provides support and local resources to ensure departments/agencies have adequate equipment in the event of a disaster.  In preparation for an emergency, she gathers and maintains critical resources from private and public sector.  She assists over 311 Tier 2 reporting companies with their annual reporting requirements on hazardous materials.  She updates annually the hazardous materials response plan and exercises and submits appropriate documents to the State.

She prepares an account of all grants passed through the Office. She assists with planning and organizing trainings for workshops and disaster exercises.  She provides Public Assistance guidance to entities during a declared emergency. She participates in community awareness events including the safety fair, weather radio programming and distribution, and the monthly siren test.

Lori says, "The focus of emergency management and the hazards faced by citizens may have changed in some ways since the Civil Defense era but what hasn’t changed is the commitment to making our County better prepared for any emergency or disaster."