Jonathan Teague, deputy director of Sequoyah County Emergency Management, was appointed as the new director for the agency last Monday by Sequoyah County Commissioners, due to the resignation of former director, Garrett Fargo.
Fargo, an experienced firefighter who is state wild land certified, resigned to take a new position as a fireman in Fort Smith, Ark., according to commissioners.
Both Fargo and Teague were hired in April of this year to replace Steve Rutherford who retired from the position last November.
“I am deeply honored to accept the role of Emergency Management Director for Sequoyah County,” Teague said.
“In this crucial position, I am committed to serving our community and ensuring its safety and resilience in times of need. Together, we will work to protect and strengthen our county, forging a path towards a safer and more secure future for all residents. I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated fire departments, law enforcement, other local authorities, and the people of Sequoyah County to build a resilient and prepared community that can face any challenge that comes our way.”
Teague began assuming the duties as director immediately after being appointed.
In related business, commissioners approved a Hazard Mitigation Planning Project Reimbursement letter for county emergency management. Also approved was an Oklahoma Opioid Abatement Grant letter of intent, which according to Teague, gives him the permission to submit a grant application, he said.
“This is just letting them know we are going to apply,” Teague said.
District 2 Commissioner Beau Burlison said he met last week with other officials involved in the Indian Road Repair Project to look at getting a reimbursement from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for some of the costs involved.
“The job’s done. We’re just tidying up the paperwork,” Burlison said.
Commissioners approved the Permittee Compliance Certification form in regards to the final inspection report on Indian Road.