W. Nim Kidd serves as the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). In this capacity, he is responsible for the state’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. Prior to serving with TDEM, Chief Kidd was appointed to the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD), where he was promoted through the ranks from firefighter to District Fire Chief, including Lieutenant in charge of the SAFD Technical Rescue Team and Captain of the SAFD Hazardous Materials Response Team.
From 2004 to 2010, Chief Kidd served as City Emergency Manager for the City of San Antonio, where he managed the city’s response to over a dozen state and presidential disaster declarations. In 1997, Chief Kidd was one of the original members appointed to the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team. In 2001, he was the Plans Section Chief that responded to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Chief Kidd formerly served as chair for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC). Chief Kidd holds a Masters of Public Administration from Texas State University, a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and two associates’ degrees. He is the Vice Chancellor for Disaster and Emergency Services for The Texas A&M University System. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), a Texas Master Firefighter, and holds Hazardous Materials and Emergency Medical Technician certifications. Chief Kidd and his wife, Dr. Emily Kidd, M.D., share three children and a beautiful granddaughter together.
Country Weidler is a Deputy Chief at the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) with responsibility for Preparedness and Response. Country has been with TDEM since 2021.
Prior to joining TDEM, Country served as the Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinator for the state of Texas through the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. Chief Weidler is a veteran of the Austin Fire Department where he served for over 30 years, promoting through the ranks to Special Operations battalion chief.
Chief Weidler is a founding member of Texas Task Force 1 (TX- TF1). He responded to the World Trade Center disaster in September of 2001, the Space Shuttle Columbia incident, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, the Moore, Oklahoma tornado and the West fertilizer plant explosion among many others. During Hurricane Ike, Chief Weidler led the statewide search and rescue effort.
During Hurricane Harvey, the largest hurricane response in Texas history, he coordinated statewide search and rescue, consisting of local, state and federal resources. Weidler served as an integral member of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas. In August of 2018, Weidler served as the state’s representative to Texas’ historic response to catastrophic wildfires in California.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and in the spirit of “other duties as assigned,” Weidler assisted the state of Texas, leading the “Pony Express” and managing testing logistics. His 30 years as a first responder and subject matter expertise as a leader during all major disasters since 2014, made him an integral part of the state’s response to the pandemic.
Jared Miller is the Chief Operating Officer at the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). He joined the TDEM team in 2023.
Prior to joining TDEM, Jared served for seven years as the City Manager for the City of Amarillo where he led a team of 2,657 employees and administered an annual budget of approximately $491 million to provide the Amarillo community with a wide range of city services. He has broad experience in public administration and management, economic development, state and federal grants, water acquisition, as well as project funding and system installation.
An experienced municipal leader, he previously served as the City Manager of San Marcos from 2014-2017, the Assistant City Manager of North Richland Hills from 2007-2013. Before that, he was City Manager in Snyder from 2005 to 2007 and in Crosbyton from 2003 to 2005. He worked for the South Plains Association of Governments from 2000 to 2003 as a regional services specialist, redistricting coordinator, solid waste coordinator and criminal justice coordinator.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University. Jared recently completed 4 years of service as Chair of the Texas Municipal League Public Policy Task Force. He also served on the Texas City Management Association Board of Directors for 6 years, President of the Panhandle City Management Association for 2 years, President of the West Texas City Management Association for 4 years, as a member of the International City Management Association, and the American Society for Public Administration. He also served for over 11 years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Intelligence Officer.
Jared and his wife Kristin, and their two sons Garrett and Grant, have a family tradition of deep engagement in community, church and school events and activities. He also enjoys rock crawling, riding motorcycles, and travelling.
Paula Hanson currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). She provides leadership and oversight of budgetary and fiscal matters, including financial operations, accounting processes and controls, budget formulation, and general management improvement programs.
Before joining TDEM, she served as Associate Vice President & Comptroller at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and as Comptroller at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. In both roles, she was responsible for business and financial operations, including preparation of financial and legislative reports, financial analyses, and appropriate internal controls. She has over 25 years of Higher Education accounting and financial reporting experience and has been a certified public accountant since 2008.
Paula earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She received a certificate from the College Business Management Institute (CBMI) in 2008 and completed the Governor’s Executive Development Program in 2019.
Paula enjoys being active in local charitable organizations, and during her work at Texas A&M-Commerce, she was instrumental in helping strengthen the partnership between the university and the local community, while serving as a board member for the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum and the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas. She remains an active member of the Texas Association of Senior State College and University Business Officers (TASSCUBO) in the Legislative Appropriations Request Best Practices Steering Committee where, for years, she has been assisting with statewide training workshops.
Blair Walsh serves as the Division Chief for Community Relations, and joined the TDEM team in August of 2019. Prior to joining TDEM, Blair worked in government relations for 16 years serving Members of Congress, trade associations, and in state government.
Most recently, Blair served as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs at a global law firm, and prior to that served for 4 years at the Department of Public Safety. In that position she managed the policy portfolio for TDEM, criminal investigations division, intelligence and counterterrorism, Texas Capitol security and cybersecurity in the office of government relations.
Blair has managed state legislative and congressional response and outreach for TDEM during not only Hurricane Harvey but through 13 federally declared disasters, numerous fires, and Federal emergency declarations.
Blair attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in Political Science. While Blair worked for the federal government, she attended National Defense University working toward a MA in Strategic Security Studies with an emphasis in conflict management.
Seth Christensen serves as the Chief of Media, Communications, and Preparedness for the Texas Division of Emergency Management. In this role, Seth works directly with Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, as a member of the agency’s executive leadership team, and oversees two of the agency's divisions dedicated to coordinating the state’s emergency management preparedness and media/communications functions. This includes the state's emergency preparedness plans/training/exercises, and the state’s joint information center during activations of the Texas State Emergency Operations Center.
Prior to joining TDEM in September of 2019, Seth served as the Chief of Staff at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department where he oversaw a broad portfolio of responsibilities to initiate transformative juvenile justice reforms with the implementation of “The Texas Model”, a comprehensive trauma-informed strategy for working with youth to improve outcomes and public safety.
Additionally, from 2015-2018, Seth served as a Policy Advisor in the office of Governor Greg Abbott, where he assisted the Governor in formulating policy positions and implementing state policy on a variety of vital issues including emergency management, public safety, homeland security, juvenile justice, and the judiciary. As the Governor’s liaison to TDEM, he was particularly involved in helping coordinate the state’s response and recovery efforts for seven presidentially declared disasters, including historic Hurricane Harvey.
A native of Brenham, Texas, Seth received his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University. Seth has been licensed as an attorney with the State Bar of Texas since 2013.
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