Horry County’s top emergency management official is leaving the county for Conway Medical Center.
Randy Webster, the county’s emergency management director, has accepted a similar position with the healthcare provider. He’s officially retiring from the county on July 31 and starting at CMC on Aug. 1.
“I’m still in the community and able to support the community,” the 55-year-old said, “just in a different way.”
Webster will be CMC’s emergency preparedness and environmental compliance director. He will help staff prepare for disasters such as a hurricane or flood and manage the response to those events. He will also be responsible for ensuring the organization stays in compliance with environmental regulations, including those governing hazardous materials.
In his new role, Webster will not only be responsible for emergency preparedness at the hospital in Conway, but at the organization’s other healthcare facilities as well. He will maintain CMC's emergency management plan for events both inside and outside facilities and train staff to deal with those emergencies.
"When the position became available with the resignation of the previous director, we could not have found a more qualified applicant during our job search than Randy Webster," said Kevin Lovett, CMC's vice president of facilities and operations. "His depth of knowledge and expertise in this area is unmatched. As he moves into this position, we expect some of the job responsibilities to be fluid and change to align with his experience."
Webster just finished his 30thyear working for the county. He began his career there as a paramedic in 1989 and worked his way up to director in 2003. Overall, he has spent about 36 years in public safety services.
As emergency management director, Webster became the point person during disasters, coordinating operations with local, state and federal officials. He guided local officials through a historic flood in 2015, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence last year.
Although he’s leaving during hurricane season, Webster said county staff is ready if a storm arrives. He said his new job will allow him to do familiar work without as many responsibilities. The post will also allow him to remain in the area.
“That was important,” he said.
County officials said they plan to begin advertising Webster's job soon, possibly as early as this week.
"Randy Webster has given decades of selfless service to this organization and he will be deeply missed," said Joe Huffman, the county's assistant administrator for public safety.