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Rick Williams

Rick Williams was named Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency director during Monday night's Cumberland County Commission meeting.

Williams was listed as the top candidate of three who were recommended for the position by County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS).

Williams will replace longtime Cumberland County EMA Director Keith Garrison who is retiring in July.

Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. enrolled the assistance of CTAS to review resumes of the candidates and perform interviews as they did with hiring a new county fire chief and EMS director this year. The EMA director position's salary is budgeted at $52,020 for fiscal year 2016-'17 and the same for 2017-'18.

In a letter to Carey, Kevin Lauer, fire and emergency services management consultant of CTAS, wrote, "The resumes were independently evaluated and scored based upon job description requirements provided by the county. In addition, a structured interview was conducted with the finalist utilizing staff from CTAS and emergency management directors."

The top three candidates were Rick Williams, Rodney Shoap and Ronald Moore.

"I would recommend that you continue forward with the selection process with Rick Williams as the leading candidate," Lauer wrote.

Resolution 05-2017-1 — a resolution to appoint Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency Director, was approved in a 15-1 vote.

Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner, asked if Williams was going to move to Cumberland County.

Williams said yes and Carey said it was part of the stipulation of the job that the director must be a resident of Cumberland County.

Williams has worked for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as an area coordinator for several years.

Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner, moved to approve the resolution and appoint Williams. The motion was supported by Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner.

Tim Claflin, 8th District commissioner, cast the sole no vote.

Commissioners Elbert Farley and Roy Turner, 7th District, did not attend the meeting.

The resolution takes effect immediately.

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