MOUNT VERNON — The Knox Count Emergency Management Agency Board voted unanimously Thursday to hire county resident Mark Maxwell as the new EMA director, effective Aug. 1.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of the county, the EMA board and the commissioners,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell, 50, a resident of the Bellville area for about two years, is originally from the Springfield area. He earned an associate degree in Recreation and Wildlife Technology at Hocking Technical College, then attended Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training and The Ohio State Park Ranger Academy.
He was employed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation beginning in 1983. He initially served as an officer at Buck Creek State Park, then at Mohican State Park.
In 2001, Maxwell became assistant manager of Alum Creek State Park and in 2003 he moved to the Division of Parks and Recreation Law Enforcement staff.
In January 2009, he became Law Enforcement Administrator for the Division of Parks, retiring from that position this week.
Maxwell will take over as EMA director effective Aug. 1 at a salary of $50,000.
The position has been vacant since Brian Hess was dismissed in January and 9-1-1 Director Richard Dzik has been serving as interim EMA director.
The board’s decision Thursday came after an hourlong executive session in which the board interviewed Maxwell, who had been recommended for the job by a review committee of the board.
In the only other business before the board, it endorsed a package of recommendations by Dzik to improve procedures in paying bills shared by EMA and 9-1-1 and improve the rate of reimbursement EMA receives from the state on some expenses.
It also approved Dzik’s projection of expenses shared by EMA and 9-1-1 until Aug. 1, when Maxwell assumes the EMA position.