New emergency management director selected

Shannan Hinton has been chosen as the new director of emergency management for Bartholomew County.

Hinton previously served as the deputy director of emergency management in Bartholomew County for six years, but has spent the past several years with the state Department of Homeland Security as emergency management coordinator for the seven-county region that includes Bartholomew County.

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She will take office in January after the retirement of Dennis Moats who has spent 24 years with the county. Although Moats retires on Thursday, he has accumulated vacation time and Hinton will not be able to officially take office until about Jan. 19th, she said.

Hinton said Moats is leaving the county in good shape as he retires.

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Hinton said she has gone on to earn a four-year degree in emergency management.