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Seven applicants for the Wilson Emergency Management Agency’s Directors spot had not one, but two chances to present themselves to the agency on Tuesday.

Applicants first appeared before WEMA employees at the station on Oak Street in Lebanon at 10 a.m., yesterday. Each man was given 10 minutes to make a presentation, sharing their department goals and career history – followed by 5 minutes for questions from the employees they would represent if chosen.

Applicants included some familiar faces – including WEMA employees Joey Cooper and Stephen Spencer and District 19 County Commissioner William Glover. Other job candidates were Anthony Grande, Winford Bowling, Alan Kaiser and Michael Henderlight.

Due to an early press deadline, The Wilson Post only heard presentations by Cooper, Glover and Grande.

Cooper told the audience that he has had 24 years of experience as a paramedic firefighter, battalion chief and captain. Glover shared that his 22 years of emergency services in fire, medical and law enforcement have helped prepare him for the role, if selected. He also mentioned that if he is selected he would step down from his county commission seat.

Tuesday night, the candidates were given a second opportunity to make their presentations in front of the Wilson County Commission and members of the public who desired to attend the open meeting at the Wilson County Courthouse.

“We want to hear your feedback on who you would like to see as your leader,” Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto encouraged WEMA employees. “This is your chance for input.”

Human Resources Director Christina Woodward said that the first rounds of interviews would be concluded this week and that the department hopes to have a new director named in early November.

“We have had more candidates than we expected. We originally wanted to have someone placed by Nov. 1, but it all depends on whatever interviews the mayor may need to do,” she said.

WEMA Director John Jewell announced his plans to resign from the position in August. He agreed to continue his service as director until a replacement was hired.

Online applications for the position were taken from Aug. 30 until Oct. 4 at wilsoncountytn.com.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.       

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