SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Commission
announced today the appointment of Larry Woods as the Interim Director of the
Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
Woods replaces Ryan Nicholls (right) who was
recently selected to head up the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Jefferson City.
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In appointing Woods, County
Administrator Tim Smith said, "We are very pleased Larry has agreed to
step in and lead OEM during this transition time. Given his long service to the
citizens of Greene County and his professional credentials,
it was an easy choice." Smith concluded, "We needed to ensure
continuity of operations and mission; there is no one better equipped to handle
this critical role than Larry Woods."
Woods appointment is effective
immediately. Woods noted, "It is a
privilege to have been asked to fill this position and I am grateful for the
confidence expressed to me by Mr. Smith and the County Commission." He also said, "I am
looking forward to continuing the tradition of ensuring the delivery of
world-class emergency management for the citizens of Greene County."
Woods has been with the
Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management for 13-years, the last
11 years as Assistant Director. He is a
Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Emergency Managers
Association, a Missouri Certified Emergency Manager (MoCEM) through the
Missouri Emergency Preparedness Association and is an Emergency Medical
Technician (EMT). Previously he was the Emergency Management Director/911 Coordinator
Woods is active in the Southwest
Missouri Emergency Support Organization and is a member of the Southwest
Missouri Incident Support Team (IST) where he serves as a Plans and Operations Section
Chief. He also serves as the State
Planning Section Chief for the Missouri Disaster Response System (MODRS), a
team tasked with medical and mass fatalities response to disasters within the State
of Missouri. He serves as an Emergency Planning
Analyst on the Central-Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT) for the
National Disaster Medical System under the Federal Department of Health and
his wife Natalie of 21 years reside in Springfield with their three children.