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New chapter begins for Evansville EMA

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Evansville Fire Department Battalion Chief Cliff Weaver is the EMA's new interim director. Evansville Fire Department Battalion Chief Cliff Weaver is the EMA's new interim director.
EMA's new interim deputy director is Captain Andy Chandler with Evansville Police. EMA's new interim deputy director is Captain Andy Chandler with Evansville Police.

The top two people at the Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency have now resigned.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says a review showed more problems in the department and interim director Adam Groupe was asked to step down less than a week after long time director Sherman Greer resigned. 

Evansville Fire Department Battalion Chief Cliff Weaver is the EMA's new interim director. 

On Monday, he explained that both he and his new interim deputy director, Captain Andy Chandler with the Evansville Police Department, have developed professional working relationships and personal friendships with the EMA's former leaders, Greer and Groupe. 

Now, Weaver says, begins a new chapter for the agency.

"Public safety is a family. We hate to see them depart under these circumstances," Weaver said.

Those circumstances involve an internal review of the Evansville-Vanderburgh county Emergency Management Agency.

"We're going to do what's best for the community. We're going to jointly look at the Emergency Management, see what we can do to improve," Weaver said.

Weaver is a 28-year Evansville Fire Department veteran, and according to Mayor Winnecke, has more than 50 active special certifications in emergency management. 

But what if some kind of disaster were to strike during this leadership transition?

"I feel we're well-prepared. All the first responders are going to do what they normally do. The emergency operations center will be open. Central Dispatch will do their normal job, and the first responders will make the runs," Weaver told 14 News.

Captain Andy Chandler, now interim deputy director for the EMA, says they'll need to follow up with the state about grants and touch base about another valuable asset- volunteers.

The changeover from their current jobs to their new ones came quickly, but Chandler says he's ready to do whatever is needed.

"I have a responsibility to the community and my responsibility does not end whether I'm wearing an EPD uniform or not. So emotions aside, friendships aside, I've got a role to play and that's what I'm going to be doing. I'm going to be doing it to my up most ability," Captain Chandler said.

Weaver says he expects to really get going on the new job on Tuesday.

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