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Opportunity lures EMA chief away

The search is on for a new director for the Elizabethton-Carter County Emergency Management Agency after the

Andrew Worley, director of the Elizabethton-Carter County Emergency Management Agency, is leaving to accept a position at East Tennessee State University he called "just too good of an opportunity to pass up."

Andrew Worley, director of the Elizabethton-Carter County Emergency Management Agency, is leaving to accept a position at East Tennessee State University he called “just too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Thursday morning resignation of Director Andrew Worley.
“While I have enjoyed my work here, this is just too good of an opportunity to pass up,” said Worley, who accepted a post as an emergency management specialist for East Tennessee State University.
He met with Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey Thursday morning and tendered his resignation.
Worley said his resignation will be effective “after the July 4th holiday.”
But he’s already working with Humphrey to find a replacement for the position he has served in for the past 4 years.
“We are trying to get everything together to begin the search for the new EMA director,” Worley said.
Humphrey said that while no plan has yet been formed as to an interim director, the process to hire a new director has already been put into motion.
“We are trying to work as expeditiously as possible to get this position filled,” Humphrey said, adding that the job has already been posted at the courthouse and on the county’s website. He said the county is also currently working to advertise the position in local newspapers.
Resumes for the position are currently being accepted in person at the mayor’s office, by e-mail at mayor@cartercountytn.gov, or by mail to 801 E. Elk Ave., Suite 201, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Humphrey said resumes will be accepted now through 4:30 p.m. on June 30.
The posting on the county’s website lists the following information for the open position: “The Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Management Agency is seeking to fill the fulltime position of Director. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in the training of first responder personnel, volunteers and the community, preparing reports, managing multiple grants and assisting in the planning and executing of multi-agency scenario based exercises. Applicants must be self-motivated with a desire to learn and educate within a professional environment. Excellent communication and computer skills are a must. Background in emergency management a plus.”
“I really hate to lose Mr. Worley. He has done an outstanding, exceptional job in the short amount of time he has been here,” Humphrey said. “He has basically taken a department that was non-existant and turned it into a wonderful agency.”