New JeffCo EMA coordinator calls for transparency
BIRMINGHAM - AL — Expect to see changes within the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. Tuesday, James Coker was sworn in as the new coordinator. He wants to make the agency's operations more visible.Coker has worked in law enforcement for 35 years. Most recently, he served with the Hoover Police Department. After he took the oath Tuesday morning, he laid out his priorities. They are all centered around making operations more transparent to citizens. The first item on his agenda is giving employees recognition for their work."Most of the time they are behind the scenes until something happens. But there's a lot of preparations that goes into being ready," he said. "They do a fantastic job."Coker also wants to make citizens more aware of all the behind the scenes planning and preparations."It's a 365 day program. It's about getting ready. Unfortunately, Jefferson County has a track record of getting hit," he said. Coker replaces Allen Kniphfer.