- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - The DeSoto Board of Supervisors is hiring a new head of emergency management and making its current chief, Bobby Storey, an assistant director.

Storey says he’s delighted.

“It’s not a demotion; in my view it’s a promotion among the people - to do more of what I love to do,” he told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/KlOfk7 ). “You can get so bogged down in paperwork, because everything requires such a long paper trail. Now I can leave that behind.”

The county will soon advertise for the new position of director of Emergency Medical Services and overall director of Emergency Operations, said County Administrator Vanessa Lynchard. She gave a tentative starting salary range of $70,000 to $80,000.

“There’s just too much for Bobby to do alone … We want to make sure he’s free to handle fire, safety and incident management and planning,” she said.

Storey’s new title will be assistant director of Emergency Operations and deputy director of Fire Services. His current deputy, Chris Olson, will become deputy director of the county Emergency Management Agency.

The county plans a “three-in-one” approach with Emergency Medical Services, the Emergency Management Agency and Fire Services all under the leadership of Emergency Operations, said Supervisor Bill Russell of Walls. The Search and Rescue program, operated by the Sheriff’s Department, will continue to operate through the department.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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