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Chris Maiers, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Iowa
Chris Maiers was appointed as the SWIC for the State of Iowa in May of 2017. Prior to his appointment, Chris worked as an environmental specialist in the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where he performed data analysis, drafted reports for stakeholders, and coordinated with contractors to develop and refine policies and procedures for air quality monitoring and equipment disposal. There, he was able to research air quality forecasting techniques in order to alert Iowans of deteriorating air quality before the event occurred. Before his time in the Iowa DNR, Chris worked for nearly seven years as an operational on-air meteorologist with a local television station in Iowa. During that time, he achieved certification via the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM #313 – now inactive). While working as a broadcast meteorologist, Chris offered consulting expertise on Doppler weather radar systems to other television stations and taught meteorology classes at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Chris is a graduate of Iowa State University’s meteorology program. He also volunteers his time with the Central Iowa Chapter of the National Weather Association and serves as president of the Chapter. He also coaches Little League baseball in the Des Moines area.