The announcement comes weeks after former EMA Director Larry Hoover handed in his letter of resignation. Pulaski County’s Emergency Management Agency focuses its attention on providing non-military solutions to provide safety measures to protect the population.
During last night’s Pulaski County Commissioners meeting, members approved hiring Sheri Gaillard for the post.
She says her first goal will include getting acclimated to the position.
“My main goal is to learn a lot more about the job and try to improve the communication between the county agencies, and the commissioners, and the office,” says Gaillard.
A committee was formed to help make a selection for a new EMA Director. The Pulaski County Health Department’s Terri Hansen played a role in making the decision.
Gaillard has experience dealing with emergency situations. She previously has served as a paramedic, citing her work responding to weather-related emergencies around the country. Gaillard is also a member of the Medaryville Police Department.
Despite her previous experience, Gaillard says that she will need to make considerations on the available grant funds.
“I don’t want to say too much,” says Gaillard. “I want to investigate a lot more. I haven’t been able to get into the office to see what’s available yet.”
The Pulaski County Commissioners approved the appointment recommendation, unanimously.