By Faye Gaston
During a special called meeting of the Bullock County Commission on April 3, 2020, Joshua Powell announced his resignation as Bullock County EMA (Emergency Management Agency) Director. His last day as director would be April 17, 2020.
He stated he did not want to resign during the coronavirus pandemic but he could not pass up a job opportunity that became available. The commissioners thanked him for his service.
At the commission's regular meeting on April 13, 2020, it was voted that Deputy Sheriff Ray Scott would serve as Interim EMA Director. It was voted to advertise the EMA Director position in the Union Springs Herald newspaper for two weeks with a closing date for applications on Friday, April 24, 2020, to interview applicants, and hire an EMA Director on April 30, 2020.
On April 30, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. four EMA Director candidates were interviewed: Roderick Clark, Prestic Faulk, Justin Faulk, and Ray Scott.
The commissioners asked these questions: (1) Tell about yourself (2) What are the main job duties and responsibilities of an EMA Director (3) The EMA Director field is always changing.
With the coronavirus on the rise in Alabama, how would you handle this pandemic as Bullock County EMA Director (4) What do you hope to accomplish as EMA Director for Bullock County within the next five years?
Then at 9:00 a.m. when the recessed commissioners meeting was conducted, it was voted to hire Ray Scott as EMA Director. All four Commissioners, Chairman Ellis, County Administrator, and County Attorney were present.