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Published: April 19, 2019


COLBERT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE SELECTED THE TOP FIVE CANDIDATES TO REPLACE OUTGOING EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DIRECTOR MIKE MELTON AND WILL CONDUCT INTERVIEWS DURING A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING NEXT WEEK. THE TIMES DAILY REPORTS 13 PEOPLE APPLIED FOR THE POSITION AND COMMISSIONERS WERE ASKED TO RANK EACH.  THE TOP FIVE CANDIDATES INCLUDE: MICHAEL SMITH, A FORMER COLBERT COUNTY 911 EMPLOYEE, JODY HITT, THE CURRENT COLBERT COUNTY DEPUTY EMA DIRECTOR, TIM GREER, THE DEPUTY LAUDERDALE COUNTY EMA DIRECTOR, RYAN WELTY, THE FORMER MORGAN COUNTY 911 DIRECTOR AND BRIAN STAFFORD, THE MUSCLE SHOALS FIRE INSPECTOR. INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED TUESDAY.  IT IS HOPED TO HAVE THE SELECTION NARROWED DOWN TO TWO FOR THE MAY 7TH COMMISSION MEETING. MELTON HAS BEEN WITH THE COUNTY FOR 37 YEARS AND SPENT THE PAST 22 YEARS AS THE EMA AND E-911 DIRECTOR. HE IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AN EARLY RETIREMENT PROGRAM THAT WAS OFFERED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION.