Dale County finds temporary solution to EMA director vacancy

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Dale County has been without an EMA director since Kurt McDaniel’s resignation last month, but despite not having one, Dale County officials said they are well prepared in the event of severe weather.

During the interim, Dale County Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon has helped to formulate a chain-of-command in the event severe weather hits.

Mckinnon assures residents and business owners alike their safety is of paramount importance. Emergency responders from even adjacent areas are assisting Dale County during this interim period with no EMA director.

“We set up a chain of command, which is very efficient, and of course, I get the calls, but I’m not an EMA director,” McKinnon said. “I don’t mind being there, but I’m not going to do something that I don’t need to be doing, but we have a good group of people working together.”

During this interim period, Dale County EMA is being assisted by Houston County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Judah, along with a number of other professionals in emergency management.

“Somebody said what happens if we have a catastrophe here and in Dothan,” McKinnon said. “Well if we have a weather situation that takes out Dothan and in Dale County, we would have to call in the state because that would be very widespread, and I don’t see that happening.”

Earlier this week, the Dale County Commission closed the application process for the next EMA director. The board has narrowed the field to five applicants, four of them are from Dale County.

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