County seeking new EMA director
by Jennifer Cohron
Oct 08, 2013 | 1121 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Commission will soon be accepting applications for an Emergency Management Agency director.

Regina Myers has been serving in the role since longtime EMA director Johnny Burnette parted ways with the county this summer.

Chairman Billy Luster told commissioners on Monday that he has learned that the qualifications for the job are so unique that the Walker County Civil Service Board does not offer a test for the position.

“I have spoken with the chairman of the Civil Service Board and he says that we are to advertise, take applications and then make our determination,” Luster said.

District Two Commissioner Dan Wright encouraged Myers to apply for the position.

“She has went above and beyond the call of duty, and I just want to thank her and Tommy (Davis) both. Tommy is the backbone because he does a lot of the paperwork. I think we’ve got a real good EMA department, and I’d like to see us keep them,” Wright said.

Also during the meeting, commissioners gave Luster their approval to enter into a contract with Kent Consulting Services LLC for voter registration management software and online map services.

Luster said the company will be helping the county with the new legislative districts approved by state legislators in 2012.

“Some of the lines and districts have changed. Don’t be alarmed. Everybody will be brought up to speed with it between now and the elections. That’s the point of us moving this quickly on it,” Luster said.

The cost to the county is $21,500. Luster said he has contacted Sen. Greg Reed about the possibility of the county being reimbursed by the state.

“He is talking with the Secretary of State’s office to see if we can be compensated at all at the local level,” Luster said.

In other action, the commission

• voted to accept a $12,000 grant for EMA that will help the county prepare for an anthrax attack.

The funding is provided through Cities Readiness Initiative, a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No match money is required of the county.

• agreed to a contract with the Alabama Department of Youth Services that allows the county to keep a bed at the Coosa Valley Juvenile Detention Center for high-risk juvenile detainees. Luster said there is no expense to the county.

• passed a resolution for the levy of general taxes.

“This is pretty routine. We do it every year,” Luster said just before reading a brief statement citing the portion of the state code that requires the commission to levy taxes required for the general expenses of the county for the current year.