Heather Kost, Wauseon, has been named the director of the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency.
She officially starts Monday, Oct. 29.
There were 15 applicants for the position, most coming from within Fulton County.
Job requirements were updated to reflect current needs for Federal Emergency Management Agency training, which narrowed the number of applicants who were qualified, said Todd Grisier, chairman of the EMA Board executive committee.
Four were interviewed.
“Not only did Kost meet all the requirements, she exceeded them,” Grisier said.
Kost (pronounced “Coast”), a member of Wauseon City Council, is the executive director of Hands of Grace in Delta.
Hands of Grace is a non-profit group of county churches working with county agencies to provide services to the frail, elderly, and disabled of all ages through volunteer outreach.
Kost is a 1986 Wauseon High School graduate. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Defiance College in 1994, and a master’s in public health administration from the University of Toledo in 2010.
“My primary work has been as director of organizations that provide services,” she said.
She worked in the Fulton and Henry County health departments.
In Defiance County, she was program director for Help Me Grow, a program designed to make sure children from birth to age three were on track developmentally.
Through the Henry County Health Department, Kost said she went through a lot of FEMA training, including the national incident management course and advanced public information officer training.
Grisier said Kost’s previous experience in running an operation such as Hands of Grace was recognized by the board, along with her interpersonal communications skills.
Kost said she is excited to start her new job.
“I’m ready to get going,” she said.
One of her first priorities will be to go over the EMA plans for dealing with disasters.
“We need to review the county emergency operations plan, to make sure we’re all on the same page,” she said.–David Pugh