Carroll County Emergency Management gets new manager, assistant manager

Valerie Hawkins has been named the new manager of the Carroll County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management.

Public Safety Director Scott Campbell said her promotion in early February was the well-deserved product of a “domino effect,” as it comes in the wake of former manager Doug Brown’s recent promotion to deputy director of the Department of Public Works.


“Even though we don't have a lot of depth, we are very blessed to have some outstanding talent ready to step in. Ms. Valerie Hawkins has been promoted to emergency management manager, and the assistant manager — the position she vacated — [is being filled by] Mr. Matt Rodriguez,” Campbell told the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, Feb. 21.

“We are very fortunate to have these two individuals leading our emergency management effort.”

Commissioner Richard Weaver, R-District 2, said he was happy they were receiving recognition for their work.

“You need to be commended for what you do,” he said.

Stephen Wantz, president of the Board of County Commissioners and representative for District 1, said it’s important to put faces to the names in the Carroll County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management — a department that is “near and dear” to his heart because of his many years of emergency services experience.

“I said ‘face to the name’ because emergency management is one of those departments where you really don't know what’s going on until you need them,” Wantz said. “But when you need them, and the emergency management department has everything in place — when it’s a seamless process to get us to the end of a management issue — that's when it’s good. And you guys do it very well down there.”

Hawkins, who has been in emergency management for Carroll County since 2013, thanked the board for its support over the years.

“It’s a little bit of a different board now,” she said, “some of you haven't been here as long as others, but we definitely appreciate the support from the Board of Commissioners and Public Safety. We certainly couldn’t do what we do without your support.”

Rodriguez, formerly an emergency management planning associate since 2014, echoed Hawkins’ sentiments.

“I appreciate your support in the Public Safety office throughout the entire process and look forward to what we can bring to the table,” he said.