SINCLAIR, Maine — County commissioners on Wednesday evening promoted the second in command of the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency to take over the reins.
During a meeting in Sinclair, commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Darren Woods as the new director of the agency to fill the spot left vacant by the Oct. 11 retirement of Vernon Ouellette.
Doug Beaulieu, county administrator, said Thursday that Woods, who starts his new role Oct. 21, was a natural choice to fill Ouellette’s shoes.
“He has excellent credentials for the job,” said Beaulieu. “His skill set, ability and proven track record as a leader make him a natural fit for the position.”
Woods was hired by the county EMA in 1998 as a part time mitigation planner and climbed through the ranks, becoming the full-time public safety coordinator in 2002, and later deputy director. He also serves as the fire chief of North Lakes Fire and Rescue.
Woods said he is excited about his new job and is “looking forward to working closer with all communities within our region.”