Grant county welcomes new emergency manager

by Emily Summers|Enid News & Eagle October 24, 2016

MEDFORD, Okla. — Whether rain, fire, hail, snow — emergency manager’s handle all types of situations in Oklahoma.

In August, former Grant County Emergency Manager Richard Donaldson announced his retirement. His last day was Sept. 30.

“I thank you for all of your support during my tenure as the Emergency Manager and Safety Director,” he said in an email. “Also for the support given me as an Assistant to District 2 and Executive Assistant to the Commissioners. Out of all of the things that will be missed, the working relationships and personal friendships will be missed the most.”

Donaldson said in an email he decided to retire to his farm to spend time “crossing a gazillion things” off of his bucket list.

Before Donaldson’s last day, Brandon Fetters was hired. Fetters was hired on Sept. 23. He is the new Grant County emergency manager and safety director.

Fetters grew up in the Pond Creek area and graduated from Pond Creek-Hunter high school. Before he became emergency manager, Fetters was working in the information technology industry but it wasn’t what he 100 percent wanted. He said when he got out of the Air Force in 2006, he really missed his job. “I did emergency management in the military,” Fetters said. “I was in the Air Force and it’s something I enjoyed. When the position became available, I applied because it was something I wanted to do. In the military I was an instructor — I taught welfare classes, CPR classes — and now with this job, I get to do the same type of things.” Fetters said he enjoys being back in Grant County and spending time with his 9-year-old son.

For the future, Fetters said he wants to build the emergency management program, increasing response capabilities while working with the surrounding counties to make Northwest Oklahoma safer.

For updates during bad weather events, or information about safety programs, visit Grant County Emergency/Safety Management on Facebook or contact Fetters at (580) 541-1027 or 

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