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Posted on: January 22, 2024

Wendy Patterson named Newton County EMA Director

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NEWTON COUNTY, GA -  Wendy Patterson was named Newton County’s Emergency Management Agency Director by County Manager Harold Cooper on Jan 12, 2024.

Patterson was the Interim Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director since March 27, 2023. Under her guidance, EMA has worked with the community and public safety organizations during several emergencies, including tornadoes in the southern end of the County in January 2023, severe thunderstorms in August 2023 and flooding on Jan. 9, 2024.

“Wendy has been a diligent, vigilant and dedicated member of the Newton County team,” Cooper said. “Her efforts have been tremendous.”

Patterson has worked for Newton County for 11 years, beginning in the District Attorney’s office. She then moved to EMA in 2016 as an EMA Specialist and began leadership of the department upon the passing of the previous director, Jody Nolan.

“I am very honored to be the EMA Director,” Patterson said. “Jody Nolan left a legacy for this County and there will never be another person like him. We all want to strive to do the very best we can for the citizens of this County and for the safety of all.”

Patterson is the third director-level hire under the leadership of Cooper, who started with the County in May, and the second promoted from within.

Scott Sirotkin was hired as Director of Geographic Information Services on Oct. 23. Michael Bodine, a resident of Newton County, was hired as Director of Information Services on Sept. 11.

“We have very talented individuals working for the residents of Newton County,” Cooper said. “It is truly terrific to not only see that talent at work every day but to also see these talented people develop and thrive and become leaders in this community.”


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