Meet the Team!


Mark Richerson

Mark Richerson serves as the Director of Benton County, MO Emergency Management.  He is a retired Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division Captain and is passionate about water safety for all boaters.  He has been featured on the radio, in newspapers, and on the local television station BCE TV speaking on this and other important topics.  His number one goal is to promote Emergency Management’s mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery mission statement.

He maintains his FEMA and other training, organizes hands-on training for county fire, police, sheriff, and EMS regularly, works with Benton County, MO CERT and ARES, as well as other volunteer organizations to ensure the safety of our community, and is exceptional at reaching out to agencies like the National Weather Service to build “Blue Sky Partnerships” so our residents have the knowledge and support they need when and if an emergency happens.

He worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to bring a downstream notification system to the county.  RAVE provides automatic emergency alerts to everyone in Benton County about things like problems/failure at Truman Dam, straight line winds, hazardous conditions for boaters, and so much more!  You can find out more about it and sign up here!

Deputy Director



Samantha Henley

Samantha Henley (KE0LMY) served as the Deputy Director of Benton County, MO Emergency Management until August 2021 and still serves as the call sign trustee for the EMA’s call sign WB0EM.

She manages the website and the Facebook page for Benton County, MO Emergency Management and both the Facebook page and the website for the BC ARES. She manages the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team FB page and website and serves as their Public Information Officer, as well performing the same tasks for the Benton County, MO CERT. She manages the website for Warsaw Christian Church. She also manages the FB pages and websites for the Warsaw Fire Protection District and Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund.

Sam is a certified Community Emergency Response Team trainer for FEMA, as well as a certified WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. She is also a certified trainer for the following courses: ICS 300, ICS 400, ICS 402, G 191, and ICS 2300, as well as the IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800, and IS 2200. If you have need of a trainer for one of those classes, please contact Laura Norris at SEMA and you can request Sam as one of the trainers!