Cherokee County Marshal's Office
September 5, 2019
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This position is an administrative and supervisory position responsible for directing and managing all aspects of the Emergency Management (EMA). The Director is responsible for the total Emergency Management Program for Cherokee County. Work includes the performance of administrative and operational tasks and the management of assigned personnel. The scope of work requires a broad professional and comprehensive knowledge of Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Local Emergency Operations Plan, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, Emergency Operations Center Readiness, operations, and the County Disaster Management
Team. The Director of the Emergency Management Agency is empowered by the Chief Marshal and Board of Commissioners to execute the emergency management program on behalf of Cherokee County. Work is performed under the general direction of the Cherokee Marshal’s
Office and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and evaluation of results achieved.


  • Reviews Emergency Management reports and training reports daily; prepares monthly and annual reports for distribution to various departments and agencies; prepares division communications and correspondence on a daily basis; coordinates activities with other local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Provides situational awareness to various stakeholders as needed.
  • Maintains the County Local Emergency Operations Plan, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and participates in drills and exercises.
  • Provides information to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners concerning the emergency management program to include emergency or disaster situations.
  • Responsible for all aspects of EOC activation to include co-ordination with Emergency Support Function (ESF) partners responsible for staffing EOC positions during activations.
  • Assumes role of EOC Director until relieved by Assistant to the Director or designee.
  • Develops, maintains, and enforces departmental Standard Operating Procedures
  • Formulates, implements, revises, and modifies departmental policies, procedures, and safety rules.
  • Participates as the lead member of the County Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Management Team (DMT).
  • Evaluates the work and conduct of the assigned personnel; provides feedback concerning performance.
  • Primary responsibility for the development of the operational budget: monitors and justifies expenditures; evaluates organizational needs; prepares bid specifications for the procurement of vehicles, apparatus, facilities, and other supplies and equipment.
  • Conducts and participates in training programs as required in modern Emergency Management and Homeland Security methods.
  • Responds to inquiries, complaints and problems from the Chief Marshal, Board of Commissioners, general public and other agencies concerning assigned Division.
  • Responds to requests for information from partnering agencies such as National Weather Service (NWS), Public Health, Georgia Emergency Management Agency as well as the media.
  • Coordinates repairs and upgrades to the outdoor warning siren system.
  • Investigates and manages grant programs for the Emergency Management Agency.
  • Coordinates and provides support to the Emergency Management Program Advisory Council Council/Citizens Corps Council.
  • Coordinates with volunteer organizations active in disasters.
  • Manages administrative side of Project Lifesaver Program with day-to-day assistance from EMA Specialist.

Education and Experience Qualifications:

  • Fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in Emergency Services, including seven years as a supervisor with administrative experience.
  • Certified Emergency Manager (basic level) under the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Certified Emergency Manager Program within two years of appointment. (O.C.G.A § 38-3-27)
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
  • Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is acceptable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of modern Emergency Management, practices, techniques, and all applicable State and Federal Laws
  • Thorough knowledge of the use and operation of all Emergency Management equipment and apparatus.
  • Thorough knowledge of County and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of the geography of the County including the location of principal buildings, streets, fire hydrants.
  • Thorough knowledge of management principles and supervisory practices.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to manage and analyze emergency and/or crisis situations and initiate appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to develop, prepare, and present accurate and comprehensive recommendations, analyses, and reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county and city employees, volunteers, county and city government officials, various agencies, and the public.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

  • Valid State of Georgia driver’s license Class C and a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR).
  • Must have no felony conviction.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather and hazardous environmental conditions.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk and hear.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Must be able to work near mechanical parts, risk of shock, work in high precarious places, in extreme noise, with exposure to infectious diseases, and with exposure to personal danger and psychological stress.


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