He’s been expecting it for nearly a week, but it finally became official Monday for Steve Carlisle.
The Houston County Commission voted to name him the next Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Agency director, effective June 1 after the retirement of current director Clark Matthews.
“I’m just thankful we got through this process,” said Carlisle, who currently serves as EMA community coordinator and operations manager, a position he’s held since 2006. “It was a good selection process, but I’m excited to get this behind me, get behind my desk and go back to work.”
Carlisle was one of two finalists for the position who interviewed with commissioners last Monday.
The other candidate, Steve Detwiler, lives in California and works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
During Monday’s commission meeting, Carlisle thanked Matthews for training and helping him throughout the years.
Matthews said the county is in good hands.
“He’s a professional, and he’s been an asset as far as learning all the plans we have,” said Matthews, who has been EMA director for more than six years. “He’s a good fit to take my place.”
Carlisle worked for Fort Rucker Fire and Emergency Services for years prior to joining the EMA, and he has served as a 911 medical dispatch instructor and an E-911 master instructor.
His immediate plans include meeting with mayors and councilmen from the county’s various municipalities to discuss emergency preparedness in advance of hurricane season.
Matthews said he’s confident Carlisle will take the necessary steps to keep the EMA office running smoothly.
“No one person can run the EMA. It takes a staff,” he said. “He’s accepted that responsibility. He’ll foster relationships. We can’t operate without volunteers.”