- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Oktibbeha County supervisors have named a new director for the local Emergency Management Agency.

WCBI-TV in Columbus reports (http://bit.ly/1QZZV8Y ) Shank Phelps is expected to take over the agency July 1. Phelps was hired Monday.

Supervisor Orlando Trainer says Phelps is a lieutenant and 23 year veteran of the Oktibbeha County sheriff’s department.

County leaders interviewed three internal candidates for the position.

Longtime EMA Director Jim Britt’s last day is June 30.

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Information from: WCBI-TV, http://www.wcbi.com

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