New EOC Director announced for Jones County

Sheriff Alex Hodge, Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack, and members of the 911 committee came together Tuesday to announce the new emergency operations center director for Jones County.

The 911 committee spent several weeks interviewing 13 applicants, and recommended Lance Chancellor as the new EOC director. Lance has served the Jones County area in several capacities, including volunteer firefighter, public information officer, and grant administrator for the sheriff's department. He will take office effective at 12:01 tonight.

"Just ecstatic this morning when the call came. It was the end of a very deliberative process that this 911 committee and counsel did in terms of the interview process and applying for the job. They ask a lot of tough questions. They are a very tough interview committee. But you know, it was an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, and that's what I've dedicated my life to. Be out there, and doing those things necessary to help others, and that's just part of who I am," said Lance.

Family and friends also held a retirement party for Don McKinnon, who retired as EOC director after 11 years serving the community.