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New emergency management director in Bell County

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Bell County has a new emergency management director. The previous director, Paul Wilson, recently died.

Deputy emergency manager Ben Barnett is now the director.

The fiscal court appointed him and officials say this is what Wilson wanted.

"He was one of my heroes. I looked up to him. I'm happy to follow him in his footsteps and pick up projects that he was working on and push things he was working on and I really want to make him proud and I couldn't be happier to be emergency management director," said Barnett.

Barnett says he plans to continue Wilson's projects of improving communications for emergency services and the 911 center.

He also wants to do school programs for students on how to handle disasters.


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