John Benson began working for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 1992 and was recently named the department's Interim Director. Since his career with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management began, he has held a number of roles.
In 1994 he moved on to become the off-site response planner for the Quad Cities nuclear power station. In 1998, Mr. Benson became the 911 program manager for the state.
In 2007, he became the legislative liaison for what was then the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.
Benson was named the department’s chief of staff in April 2019, and in that capacity was involved in special projects to include interoperable communications, and also oversaw the work of the department’s public information officers and legislative liaisons.