Lawrence County hires Chris Waldrep as new EMA director


Lawrence County Sheriff’s investigator Chris Waldrep was hired as the county’s new Emergency Management Agency director Friday.

Lawrence Commissioners approved the appointment in a regular meeting Friday morning. Commissioner Chairperson Bobby Burch said Waldrep will work out a notice with the sheriff’s department and begin in the new position on Monday, July 27.

Waldrep is replacing former EMA Director Johnny Cantrell, who passed away suddenly on May 1 at Lawrence Medical Center from a blood clot.

Commissioners said 16 applicants were interviewed for the position last month.

“We had 16 good people; some were county people and some weren’t,” said District 2 Commissioner Norman Pool, who nominated Waldrep for the position. “The commission would like to stay with someone in the county; somebody who’s been with the county, somebody who’s got over 20 years of service for Lawrence County.”

Waldrep, who has 17 years of experience with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, said he has also served with Town Creek and Moulton police departments.

"I am extremely excited and humbled to have this opportunity to serve the county in a different capacity of public service," said Waldrep.

County Administrator Heather Dyar said he was hired for the position with a salary of $45,000 a year.

In other business, commissioners approved a Digital Information Cooperative Agreement between Revenue Commissioner Brad Henderson and the Alabama Department of Transportation. Dyar said ALDOT will provide $10,000 of the $12,500 agreement to update digital mapping of the county. She said the county will pay the additional $2,500.

Commissioners also appointed Steve McLemore to the county's 911 board after former board member Scott Norwood was hired as the 911 director. 

Commissioners granted approval to the sheriff's office to hire two corrections officers, Larkin Leaton and David Lee Yaden, which each became effective in June. The sheriff's office also received approval to transfer Dispatcher Katie McWhorter to a corrections officer, promote Brianna Glaze to full-time employment, and assign additional duties to employees Josh Thompson, Brad Carter and Juanita Parker.

Commissioners also accepted the resignations of sheriff's employees Randal Becker, effective June 19, and Chad Huckaba, effective May 22.

The Commission approved the promotions of Tag Office employee Amber Cameron to revenue clerk, and Reappraisal employees Allison Cross and Tina Logston to administrative assistants. 

All commissioners were present for Friday's meeting.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.