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Adam Schwabrow named new emergency management director

October 24, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors selected a new Emergency Management director Tuesday.

The board unanimously approved Adam Schwabrow, son of the former director and fire coordinator Dwight Schwabrow, for the part-time position which pays $25,000 a year.

Adam Schwabrow was one of three candidates interviewed for the position. The 31-year-old full-time Johnstown police officer has served as a Montgomery County Emergency Management deputy coordinator for six years, a volunteer position. He has also been a part of the town of Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years, where he served as a fire chief for a number of years.

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Adam Schwabrow, above, a Johnstown police officer and volunteer firefighter for the town of Mohawk, was chosen to be the new Montgomery County Emergency Management director on Tuesday.
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Adam Schwabrow will start as Emergency Management director on Nov. 1.

Rick Sager, who served as an interim director, is confident in Schwabrow's abilities.

"I'm going to make the transition to director very seamless [for Schwabrow]," Sager said.

"I hope to have a long and productive tenure and continue to do what my father had done before this," Schwabrow said.

His father, Dwight, served as the Emergency Management director for roughly two years, working through the effects of Hurricane Irene. He resigned last month, citing a planned move to the state of Florida.

John Thayer, Board of Supervisors chairman and supervisor for the town of Root, said Schwabrow is a good fit for the position.

"I think he had experience working in emergency management," Thayer said.

During the floods caused by Hurricane Irene, Thayer said, he saw Schwabrow make smart decisions and worked very hard to complete the tasks necessary.

"I think he is capable," Thayer said.

Thayer said there was trouble finding someone to fill the position who had time available.

"I think all three candidates had full-time jobs," Thayer said.

However, with Schwabrow's schedule, serving 12-hour shifts on the police department, he would have several days off to work for the county.

The position is $25,000 a year part-time, paid out in a salary.

"He will do what he needs done to get done," Thayer said.



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