- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state agency that coordinates Ohio’s responses to emergencies is getting its second new executive director in six months.

The Department of Public Safety says Sima Merick (SIM’-uh MEHR’-ik) is being promoted to lead the Ohio Emergency Management Agency after four years as an assistant director there.

The 51-year-old Merick replaces Evan Schumann, who got the job in January. The department says Schumann resigned to take a different EMA position that lets him spend more time with his family in Vandalia.

Public Safety Director John Born says Merick has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the EMA. She led the agency as interim director before Schumann took over.

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