Mercer hires new emergency management coordinator

April 14, 2004|GARY MOYERS

HARRODSBURG - Mercer County's incoming Emergency Management Agency coordinator has high-profile experience with disaster situations.

Wayne Davis was lead Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources investigator for two environmental disasters in Kentucky - the Anderson County fish kill after whiskey spilled from the Wild Turkey distillery there in May 2000, and the Martin County coal slurry spill in October 2000.

"I am very familiar with emergency situations," Davis told magistrates at Tuesday's Mercer Fiscal Court meeting.

The court officially hired Davis to replace coordinator David Weber, who is retiring from that position for the second time. He originally took over the spot in January 1992 and retired in June 2000, but came back to work in January 2001 after his replacement resigned.

Davis, soon to retire as assistant director for Fisheries with the state Fish and Wildlife Resources Cabinet, will begin work in his new position Sept. 15. He was chosen from among six applicants.


"I've been familiar with Wayne's work for many years," said Magistrate Bill Waggener. "He's highly qualified for this job."

Davis is a resident of Mercer County. His wife, Maryanne, teaches science at Mercer County High School, and Davis serves as a volunteer baseball coach. They have two children, Dawn and Bill.

"I see this as an extension of what I've been doing every day for the past 25 years," he said. "This is a way for me to continue serving the public."

Davis, a native of Jefferson County, graduated from Murray State University with bachelor and master degrees in environmental sciences and went to work for the state after graduation.

Weber agreed to stay on the job until Davis begins.

"We are very grateful to David for the work he's done for this county, and for agreeing to help until Wayne comes on board," said Mercer Judge-Executive John Trisler.

The court will meet in special session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss a personnel grievance, Trisler said.

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