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Buncombe names new emergency services director
Monday, 03 February 2020 12:29

From Staff Reports

Following “a rigorous, nationwide search yielding many highly qualified candidates, Buncombe County is proud to announce that Van Taylor Jones will be our next director of emergency services, effective Jan. 21,” Buncombe County announced in a recent news release.

“Jones joins us from Anderson County, S.C., where he served as emergency services director for almost 12 years. His more than 30 years of professional and volunteer experience covers a broad range of topics from disaster preparedness to fire services.

“Jones’ cumulative knowledge also includes managing an annual budget of $10 million making his combination of administrative acumen and practical skills a true asset for Buncombe County’s Emergency Services Department.”

County Manager Avril Pinder was quoted in the news release as saying, “Through a thorough assessment process that included participants from Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Office, county management, Henderson County Emergency Services, and Buncombe County fire chiefs, Van demonstrated excellent leadership, management, problem -olving and collaboration skills. I am excited to welcome him to the team.”

Jones is also a registered nurse and, the release noted, “says he has always heard the mountains calling.” 

The news release quoted Jones as saying, “Over the years, I have visited Buncombe County countless times and have thoroughly enjoyed the beauty, recreational opportunities, vibrancy, and friendliness of the people in this growing community. As a person that has always felt at home in the mountains, this for me was the fulfillment of a life-long dream.”

The release added, “Jones said his immediate priority is becoming familiar with the organization while immersing himself in the community. ‘In addition, I will be working to get up to speed on the unique needs of Buncombe County in relation to maintaining and improving our level of service to citizens,’ he says. ‘In the long term, the task becomes ensuring our ongoing efforts and training are truly meeting ever-changing needs. As a region grows, the threats and challenges often change. It becomes vital to be one step ahead of those changes.’”




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