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State To Appoint New Emergency Management Chief For Garrett County

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While most of the D.C. area was saturated by Hurricane Sandy, Garrett County was blanketed by snow.
While most of the D.C. area was saturated by Hurricane Sandy, Garrett County was blanketed by snow.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration plans to replace Garrett County's emergency management chief. The change stems from the response last year to Superstorm Sandy, according to the Associated Press.

Israel Patoka, executive director of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives, says that the county needs a full-time director. Brad Frantz has been working on a contractual basis since he retired in July after nearly 38 years in the job.

While the October storm dumped rains and brought high winds to much of the state, in western Maryland, Sandy spawned a blizzard that left some people without electricity for more than a week.

Patoka says the county needs faster communication and response times. Frantz says everyone in the county did an exemplary job, and blames most of the problems on people the state sent in. 

County emergency management directors are appointed by the governor.


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