EMS Director Wanda Stafford bids Holmes County goodbye

Wanda Stafford
Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 05:03 PM.

BONIFAY – Holmes County Emergency Management Services Director Wanda Stafford turned in her letter of resignation recently and was approved during the regular scheduled meeting of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioner’s meeting on May 13.

Stafford has served Holmes County as a county employee for almost 26 years, starting her employment under Cody Taylor, Holmes County Clerk of Court in 1988 and was transferred a few years later to work for the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners as Administrative Assistant, taking on the tasks of Safety Coordinator, Recycling Coordinator, Indigent Health Care, Emergency Management, 911 Mapping and Addressing and “any other hat that the Board chose,” said Stafford.

In 1992 she transferred to Emergency Management full time, including Mitigation Grants, Federal Declarations, Hazards Analysis and continued to supervise the 911 Mapping and Addressing Department where she served the public for the last 22 years.

“I have had the opportunity to work with the greatest people in the world, the citizens of Holmes County,” said Stafford. “It has been such a rewarding position to be able to assist our citizens in their times of need. In the small counties, we may not have had had the staff and funding that the larger counties have but we had teamwork and people that truly cared about helping their communities.”

Her new position will be the Region I Coordinator for the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, servicing from Escambia County to Gulf County.

“I am very excited to be able to work with my fellow counties in a new capacity,” said Stafford. “I would also like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to Tiffany Majors; she has been my right hand person for the past 22 years, Tiffany is the most caring person that I know, she always went above and beyond to help anyone in any situation and there has never been a day that she not greet the public with her smile. I appreciate her willingness to serve the public and her dedication to the citizens of Holmes County; she will be missed by all.”

After much discussion the Board approved of County Attorney Jeff Goodman to advertise for Stafford’s position as soon as possible while making temporary arrangements until the position is filled.

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