Vacant, Emergency Management Director
The Emergency Management Director is responsible for the direct oversight of the Emergency Management Department, the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and the County's Emergency Response Team (ERT). The EM Director engages stakeholders in planning, training, and exercises to enhance the ERT's and the public's ability to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of natural and technological hazards. During emergency situations, the EM Director serves as the Local Coordinating Officer for the Board of County Commissioners and leads the ERT, under the guidance of the Board, to meet the recovery needs of county residents, staff, and visitors.
Steve Spradley has been awarded the designation of Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) by the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association. This certification recognizes devoted experienced Emergency Managers who possess advanced and diverse knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively within a comprehensive Emergency Management program. He also holds numerous certifications from FEMA and has been with Taylor County Emergency Management since January 2012.
Steve worked for 31 years in law enforcement, both with the Taylor County Sheriff's Department and then with the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations of the Florida Department of Financial Services. As a Major with the BFAI Steve was the field operations commander for statewide investigations and was tasked with responding to all-hazards disaster response and recovery as part of Florida's Emergency Support Function system. Steve responded to the 1993 Storm of the Century here in Taylor County and several hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires throughout the region including Hurricanes Andrew, Charley, Francis, Ivan, and Katrina.