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Cody named new director of E-911

Last updated: 8:38 PM, 04/07/2008
 


Source: The Newport Plain Talk

The Cocke County Emergency Communication District (E-911) Board of Directors appointed Kathy Cody, of the Bogard Community, as the new E-911 director during its meeting on Wednesday.

Cody told the Plain Talk that she and her family have lived in the Bogard community all their lives, so I know most of the back roads in Cocke County, which should be helpful in finding new addresses and correcting mistakes on old ones.

And that will be one of my priorities as the new E-911 director, said Cody. As Patricia [Taylor, the out-going E-911 director] has said many times, having road signs up and correct addresses for residents could mean the difference between life and death when an ambulance is needed.

Cody said that her background is in computer science and accounting, which I believe will be useful where payroll and bookkeeping is concerned.

I'm a stickler for detail where money is concerned, and I intend to be very hands-on' in those areas of this job, she said.

Cody, who will begin work on Thursday, said that, as a matter of fact, doing payroll will be my very first assignment.

But my first priority, in general, is to get acquainted with all the E-911 staff, find out what their needs are, and begin to find out what it will take to create the best possible team, she said. And Patricia has promised to help me get acclimated and meet everyone.

Cody's parents are Jerry and Julia Cody, also of Bogard, and her five-year-old son's name is McKinley.

McKinley will be starting school this fall at Cosby Elementary School, and I'm very excited about that, said Cody. I attended Cosby School, but that has been a few years ago.

There have been a lot of exciting changes at Cosby since then, especially with the new building program and all the new technology they have now, she said.

Cody said she is grateful to the E-911 board for the confidence they have placed in her and, I will do my very best to make them proud of their decision.

My main concern as the new director, and what I consider to be the bottom line, is that, when someone picks up the phone and dials 911, that we get to them as quickly as possible, she said.

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