June 8, 2006

Whitney Named New Emergency Management Director

Emergencies are nothing new for law enforcement, so the sheriffs department was a logical destination for the county and the city in the search for a new emergency management director.

Scotland County Chief Deputy Brian Whitney was appointed to the position on June 1. Whitney will replace Teresa Lee of Scotland County Memorial Hospital. She had held the position since November 2004.

Whitney will assume the duties for both the City of Memphis as well as Scotland County. The two entities joined together back in 1990, in conjunction with the State Emergency Management Agency, to create the local position to coordinate planning and preparation for dealing with emergencies in the region.

Whitney will be responsible for administering the approved standard operating procedures as approved by both governing bodies back in 2003. He will also work on updating the plans, while also administering state and federal programs to improve emergency preparedness and responses.

His first goal is finalizing a grant that will help the sheriffs department purchase a new generator to insure communications are not interrupted by any power outages. He also plans on seeking funding to bring better early warning protection to Rutledge, Gorin and Arbela.

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