TALLADEGA -- The Talladega County Commission unanimously approved the hire of Lincoln Police Chief Travis McGrady as the new county Emergency Management Agency director, effective Sept. 8, during their Monday evening meeting.

A Talladega native, McGrady had served for more than 18 years at the Lincoln Police Department, his final eight years as chief.

“I greatly appreciate the confidence you have in me,” McGrady said. “It’s good to be home.”

Early in his career, McGrady also served as a deputy with the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department and served as a member of the E911 board.

“I think the EMA has done a fantastic job thus far,” McGrady said. “I look forward to coming in, meeting with the staff and looking over where we are currently before I decide to come in and make any major changes. I look forward to working with the municipalities and city governments as far as the mayors and the councils as well as continuing to work with the County Commission.”

District 4 Commissioner Jimmy Roberson welcomed McGrady to the team.

“We’re looking forward to working with you,” Roberson said. “Congratulations, and I know you’ll represent the county well.”

In other business, the commission:

O Voted 5-0 to reappoint board member Bernard Tuck to the board of the Talladega County Department of Human Resources for a six-year term running from Sept. 1, 2014-Sept. 1, 2020.

O Unanimously approved County Administrator Wayne Hall’s request to award bids to Merkel’s Anytime Towing, Big Macs Towing & Recovery and Steen Wrecker Service, L.L.C., effectively including the towing companies in the sheriff’s wrecker service rotation.

O Voted 5-0 to approve a request presented by Hall to declare as surplus various sheriff patrol vehicle parts.

O Unanimously approved a request presented by Hall to seek bids for food, coffee and milk for the Talladega County Jail.

O Voted 5-0 to approve two agreements with Lathan & Associates regarding a sidewalk repair project for near the Talladega County Courthouse and restroom repair project for the Talladega County Judicial Building.

O Unanimously approved conference and training requests for Probate Judge Billy Atkinson and Probate Clerk Lawana Patterson to attend the Probate Judges Association’s Training Conference on Estates Sept. 17-18 in Tuscaloosa.

O Voted 5-0 to approve the resignations of corrections officer Brantley Shaw effective Aug. 21 and Talladega County Road Department temporary employee Gerald Hyde effective Aug. 8.

O Announced the courthouse will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

O Announced the next commission meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

O Announced Roberson will have a garbage cleanup day Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Oak Grove across from the Toyota dealership on U.S. 280.

O Announced the commission has scheduled budget work sessions for the following dates and times: Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com