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County to fill WEMA spot soon

Sara McManamy-Johnson • Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

County officials hope to name a new Wilson Emergency Management Agency director within the next two weeks.

County Mayor Randall Hutto said officials plan to begin interview next week.

“We have reviewed the resumes and the essay questions and narrowed it down to 11 [candidates],” said Hutto. “Next week, those 11 will each come in for a 20 minute interview.”

The following day, officials will call back six of those candidates for tabletop exercises.

“Then we’ll take a couple of days to try to narrow it down to three,” said Hutto.

Those three candidates will each have to make a presentation to all the WEMA employees and repeat those presentations for the county commission.

Hutto said officials hope to select a candidate by Nov. 1.

The candidate will replace exiting Director John Jewell.

Jewell, who has served in the agency’s top spot for more than five and a half years, submitted his resignation Aug. 2, following a disciplinary committee review of his involvement in a wreck in June.

Although his final day in the position was supposed to be Sept. 2, he agreed to continue in the position until his replacement was found.  

Jewell, a lifelong resident of Watertown, said he plans to remain in Watertown.            

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