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David KeyKey to manage five departments and 96 employees.

Several veteran public administration officials in Macon County, including Wilma Anderson and Evelyn Southard, decided to retire or leave their positions with the county in 2011. This left county manager Jack Horton scrambling to fill the huge void left by their absences. When Macon County lost its emergency services director, Warren Cabe, to the Town of Franklin last summer, Horton did not have to worry too much about finding a viable replacement for him.

On Thursday, Dec. 22, Macon County announced the hiring of David Key, who has served as interim director of Macon County’s Emergency Management Services since early August 2011, to officially replace former EMS Director, Warren Cabe. Key has worked 19 years with the county’s EMS unit, 10 of which have been as the Assistant Director of Emergency Management Services under Cabe. “David has by far the most experience and expertise in this particular field,” wrote county manager Jack Horton about Key’s hiring.

While the county received and reviewed several applications, from outside the county and from within, Horton and the county’s human resources staff decided that Key was the best fit. Along with this change at the top of the EMS organization, Horton and county officials are working on making other modifications within the department to promote overall efficiency and effectiveness. Under Key, Jimmy Teem will take on responsibility as the county’s Fire Marshal. Todd Seagle, who formerly worked as the Lead Telecommunicator, will transition to be the county’s 911 supervisor. Lastly, the county decided to change Angie Kinsland’s job title as office manager to 911 Addressing Coordinator.

Horton noted that he is still in the process of making more changes to the EMS department in an effort to refine “our EMS administrative duties and identify who can best coordinate that aspect of our department,” wrote Horton in the email. “I know and trust Mr. Key, along with the rest of our Emergency Services Team,” wrote Horton. I wish them success and support them as they assume these vital roles for the citizens of Macon County.”

Key will be responsible for leading five departments and about 90 employees.


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