By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Michael Lamb is the new director of the Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency, succeeding the retired Bill Quinton.
A resident of Cleveland for 41 years, Lamb has served in a variety of positions of service for Bolivar County.
Since the age of 15, Lamb was a member of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department with Battalion 1.
He is also a member of the Bolivar County K9 Search and Rescue Team.
He has spent the last several years as a chief deputy with the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department.
Lamb said he was ready for “a change of venue” when accepting the position.
“I just started so it’s a learning process at the moment,” said Lamb.
The Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency is the hub for emergency coordination in the county.
It is Lamb’s responsibility to keep the public informed on emergency-level events.
“Most of my duties are to inform the public of any natural disasters, weather, any outbreaks that come into Bolivar County,” Lamb said. “I have to report everything back to (Mississippi Emergency Management Agency) pending any kind of damages or anything around.
“I oversee all the inventory here at the office and I’ve got some grants that I have to upkeep to assist Bolivar County and financial burdens. There’s a lot more but that’s some of my duties.
“I’m snowballed with paperwork right now, but I am duly excited about this position.”
Lamb has had to work extra hard this last week as Bolivar County was hit with a major storm system.
Though there was plenty of damage to the area, Bolivar County was fortunate to not have any fatalities.
Lamb is currently keeping his Facebook page updated with the latest weather reports as the county begins repairs.
The EMA page on the Bolivar County website has links and resources to help you prepare for future emergencies.
You may call the office at 662-843-2300 if you’re looking for any storm-related assistance.