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 serves as the Deputy Director of Benton County, MO Emergency Management, SEMA WebEOC trainer, certified CERT trainer, call sign trustee for the EMA’s call WB0EM, as well as the Emergency Coordinator for the Benton County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BC ARES). She also serves as the Net Control Operator and program manager of the Region A Healthcare net, an amateur radio net which occurs on the third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM on the Warrensburg repeater, 146.880 (-) PL 107.2 in coordination with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to provide redundant communications for healthcare facilities.

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, where she updates the EC blog regularly. She manages the Camden CO MO CERT FB page and website and serves as their Public Information Officer. She manages the website for Warsaw Christian Church. She also manages the FB page and website for the Warsaw Fire Protection District and Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund.