After almost a year without a director, the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency now has a new chief.
Lindsie Goss, who most recently served as an emergency preparedness intern with Parkview Health, in Fort Wayne, was selected from 14 applicants to fill the vacancy, says Leon Hurlburt, president of the EMA advisory council.
Goss's first day as EMA director is today, April 29.
Hurlburt says a full-time administrative assistant will also be hired to work with Goss in the EMA office.
"She's very passionate about what she's going to do," Hurlburt says. "She's very professional."
Brian Topp served as interim director of the EMA until resigning to take another job in July of 2012. He had previously served as deputy director of the agency and was named interim director after the Huntington County Commissioners declined to renew the contract of former EMA Director Brandon Taylor at the end of 2011.
Goss is working toward a master's degree in disaster medicine and management from Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA, and expects to graduate in August. She earned a bachelor's degree in general studies, with a minor in psychology, from Indiana University, Fort Wayne, in 2008.
"She's got a bunch of FEMA credentials," Hurlburt notes. "She's had a lot of training in disaster and emergency response."
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives were in Huntington last Wednesday to document damage from the previous weekend's floods, and Goss came to Huntington to work with the team.
"She went along with them so she could see how this all works," Hurlburt says.
Goss has worked as an emergency preparedness intern at Parkview Health since October 2012 and has served as an emergency room technician at Parkview Health since 2006.
She worked as an emergency room technician at Indiana University Health-Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, from 2005 to 2007 and as a basic emergency medical technician in Eaton from 2003 to 2005.