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County searching for new EMA director

Butler County’s Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Vigor has resigned from his position.

Vigor became EMA director on June 1. He was a veteran law enforcement officer and amateur radio, firefighting and EMS experience.

When hired, Vigor said, “ I told the Commission when I interviewed that I feel like I’ve been training for this job for my whole life,” Vigor said. “I don’t know of another occupation where I can take law enforcement, fire, EMS and ham radio and use all of those skills or abilities in a job. I’m thrilled to death to be selected and blessed. I’m really happy they put the confidence in me to lead the EMA for the citizens of Butler County.”

Commission Chairman Jesse McWilliams said the commission will hold a meeting next week to discuss what procedures need to be taken for the hiring process. Until then, Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond will be the acting director.

In order to receive reimbursements from the state, an EMA Director must have the Certified Local Emergency Manager and National Incident Management System certifications, and must have taken two years of college.

“It’s very hard to find people with those qualifications,” McWilliams said. “It’s not something you can start off in and just grow into.” The Butler County Commission will hold its meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 to discuss Vigor’s replacement.