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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Inside the Columbia County Emergency Management Department


November 5, 2020

Michele Smith

Emergency Management Department Director Ashley Strickland in his office inside the county courthouse.

DAYTON-Columbia County Emergency Management Director Ashley Strickland usually devotes ninety percent of his working time to the E911 Dispatch Center and the remaining ten percent to emergency management.

That went out the window during the first six months of the year.

He found himself spending only ten percent of his time with the Dispatch center, and the other ninety percent in emergency management, all because of the February flood and the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The county has a responsibility to protect county infrastructure, but in emergency management that can extend out to citizens in...

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