Cullman EMA welcomes Tim Sartin as new director

Tim Sartin brings 23 years of service to his new role as EMA director (Photo contributed)

CULLMAN, Al. – With the start of a new year comes a new chapter for the Cullman County Emergency Management Agency. With director Phyllis Little stepping down, the EMA will ring in the New Year under the direction of Tim Sartin, who has been working with Little at the agency since the start of December to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Sartin’s career in public safety has been extensive, serving in the Cullman EMS for 23 years and serving in an on-and-off capacity for volunteer fire services and reserve police in that same time. Sartin served as a liaison to the EMA for the EMS during the 2011 tornadoes and continued to act as EMA liaison during many of the ice storms Cullman has experienced in previous years. Of his career, Sartin said, “I’m just a hometown boy, born and raised here in Cullman County. I spent my whole career in public safety, and I’m going to continue to do what I’ve always done.”

Often when organizations come under new leadership, people expect to see changes in the way things are run. However, Sartin has said that he has no plans to change anything, saying, “Everything’s running really smoothly, so I don’t see any need to make a change. The best thing I can do is to make sure that things are able to run the same way they’ve been running, because they work well as-is.”

As a last comment about taking over the role, Sartin simply said, “I know I’ve got some big shoes to fill, and I’m going to do my best.”

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Heather Mann