County emergency director gets off to stormy start

EL RENO – Troy Mead’s first couple of weeks as director of emergency management in Canadian County have been interesting. There have been lots of thunderstorms.

Fortunately, the native of Derby, Kan., hasn’t seen a lot of damage.

Mead’s started in his role May 10 after working for the Office of Veterans Affairs in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he recently retired.

Mead said his goal as emergency management director is to continue to expand the role of the department and to create a strong working relationship with other emergency officials in the county.

“My goal is to get the program more current with modern trends,” he said.

One of those goals is to update the technology in the county’s emergency operation center, which is in the basement of the county courthouse.

“I want to update the EOC in case we do have a disaster,” Mead said.

Mead recently retired from his job with Veterans Affair, where he helped bring the Honolulu hospital up to code for accreditation.

He also has a background with EMS, fire, law enforcement and emergency management.

John Johnson, the county’s chief of staff, said Mead was the most qualified candidate for the position.

“We look forward to a long and successful relationship with him as we work to move forward in the task of especially keeping our rural Canadian County citizens safe and secure in response to all kinds of disasters and emergency situation,” Johnson said.

Mead said he is looking forward to working in the growing county.

“There is definitely room for growth, and with growth there is room for change,” he said.

Mead also said that he has been welcomed into the community.

“I have lived in Oklahoma before (Owasso) and the people here are nicer than anywhere I’ve been. There are a lot of good people here,” he said.

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