County Emergency Management Director settles into role

County Emergency Management Director settles into role

 

For a little more than a year, Texas County’s emergency management director (EMD) has been Licking resident Clinton Schwarz.

A native of Minnesota, Schwartz entered the military right out of high school and became a chemical, biological and radiological defense specialist. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in 2013 and retired last year after working there as a CBR instructor.

Schwarz is currently enrolled at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla and is pursuing a degree in civil engineering, with a minor in explosives. He is married, and he and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter who will also be attending Missouri S&T beginning this fall and a son entering ninth grade.

Schwarz said his primary role as county EMD is to act as a liaison between the citizens, the county and the state with regard to securing financial assistance for disaster relief. He said it’s crucial for people to report damage following a disaster because the state has a monetary threshold that needs to be reached before relief funding can be distributed.

“I want people to give me a heads-up,” Schwarz said, “because I won’t know to report to the state that we may have met a threshold if nobody’s calling me.”

Schwarz is also City of Licking EMD. As county EMD, he reports directly to Presiding Commissioner Scott Long.

Schwartz can be reached by phone at 619-405-9826 or by email at emd@texascountymissouri.gov.

“Hopefully, I never have to do my job,” he said, “but I’m here for the people to help figure out what to do if something happens that we don’t want to have happen.”