A major in the Marine Corps Reserves, Wisehart was recalled to active duty two years ago to write the Marine Corps Reserve's Pandemic Flu plan.
Based on her background in planning, Wisehart said "I'mÂ excited about the future of emergency management for Lincoln County.Â WeÂ have the uniqueÂ opportunity to take our planning efforts in whichever way we as a community decide because we are truly standing at the ground level with regards to planning."
Regional Emergency Manager Don Franklin who aided county officials in their search for a new EM Director said, "I think with her planning experience and training she's probably the ideal choice for the job. With her having the planning experience and Troy Gingrass having the response experience, they have the perfect team."
Wisehart is equally as enthused about Gingrass' experience, who she said has extensive emergency response background. "I think our experiences will definitely compliment each other."
One of the first projects the two have ahead of them is building an Emergency Operation Center for the county. The judge executive has recently committed to utilizing the building that formerly held the 911-Center on Main Street in Stanford.
Wisehart will also be working closely with local Red Cross Coordinator Jeremy Blansett and other local volunteer agencies in putting together the county's disaster shelter plan.
"It's very exciting.Â There are so many wonderfully dedicated responders in the county and I am looking forward to working with them and,Â of course, with Troy," Wisehart said.
Wisehart is also the county's Medical Reserve Corps leader and plans on integrating the group's medical and non-medical volunteers into the county's plans.
Wisehart is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, a former active duty enlisted Marine and Marine officer, and operates a farm in Chicken Bristle.
Editor's note: For the few who didn't know, Lynn Wisehart is married to the editor of this paper.