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Cumberland County Names New Emergency Services Director

Jan 22, 2019

County Manager Amy Cannon announced today that Woodson E. “Gene” Booth is Cumberland County’s new Emergency Services Director. Booth has worked for Cumberland County Emergency Services for almost 15 years, most recently as the Emergency Management Program Coordinator and Fire Marshal. 

The County’s hiring process attracted applicants from across the state and nation and was conducted by Developmental Associates, a consulting firm that works with local governments in North Carolina.  

“Mr. Booth has demonstrated that he has the experience, skills and character to lead our Emergency Services Department, and that was especially evident as he managed the Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Florence,” Cannon said.  
Booth, a Hoke County native, graduated from Cape Fear High School in Cumberland County and has more than 21 years of public safety experience. He was hired by the County in March 2004 as a fire inspector and in 2011 was promoted to Emergency Management Program Coordinator. He took on the additional Fire Marshal duties in January 2018. During his tenure, he led the County’s emergency management efforts for Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.

Before joining Cumberland County government, he worked as a fire captain with the Spring Lake Fire Department and as a firefighter with the Gray’s Creek Fire Department Station 18 and with Bethany Fire Department Station 12.

Former Emergency Services Director Randy Beeman resigned in July 2018 to accept a position in Durham County.