In September of 2017, I retired as the Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. A position I had held since January 2011. I started off in local law enforcement serving in various capacities to include Police Chief for the Town of Coosada, Alabama. I also served as the first 9-1-1 Director for Elmore County. In 1996 I began my service with the State of Alabama serving as the State 9-1-1 Coordinator in the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. While at the Alabama EMA, I served in various roles to include Acting Director of Operations.
In 2003 shortly after the creation of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, I was transferred to serve as the Assistant to the Director. While continuing my duties as State 9-1-1 Coordinator I worked as a conduit between local entities and the department on funding, strategic planning and other issues pertaining to preparedness, prevention, response and recovery related to homeland security. In 2010 Governor Bob Riley appointed me as the second director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security. During my time as director I jointly coordinated the inauguration of Governor Robert Bentley. I was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley, on January 7, 2011 to serve as the director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
A little over 100 days after assuming the role of Director of the Alabama EMA the state faced one of the worst disasters in state history. During a 12-hour period nearly 70 long track tornadoes tracked across nearly 25,500 square miles of the state killing nearly 250 people and injuring several thousand. Over 23,000 structures were destroyed or suffered major damage. Individuals in 39 counties were awarded a Presidential disaster declaration for assistance and all 67 counties in Alabama were awarded a Presidential disaster declaration to pay for disaster response cost, debris removal and repair to infrastructure. While EMA Director for Alabama the state was awarded five major disaster declarations which I served as the Governor’s Authorized Representative (State GAR) and I lead the recovery of an additional 12 open disasters.
During my career I have been a member of numerous state and national associations and served on several boards. Some of those positions included; President of the Alabama Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association, the inaugural president of the Alabama Association of 9-1-1 Districts, member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SAFECOM Executive Committee, member of the Board of Directors for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and Chairman of the Mitigation Committee for NEMA. I also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Elmore County E 9-1-1 District for 21 years.
In 2012 I received the Outstanding Contribution to County Governments Award from the Alabama Association of Counties and was the 1995-1996 recipient of the Alabama Emergency Management Councils Distinguished Service Award. I am a former Council Member for the Town of Elmore where I served as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
I currently serve as Chairman of the Elmore County Industrial Development Authority and the Elmore County Economic Development Authority. I am the Vice Chairman of the Elmore Water and Sewer Authority and the Treasurer of Elmore Volunteer Fire Department Administrative Board.
My wife Shana and I reside on our cattle farm in Elmore, Alabama and attend Grandview Pines Independent Baptist Church where I serve as Deacon and Church Treasurer.