Pitt County names new emergency management director

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - There will be a new emergency management director in one Eastern Carolina county.

Pitt County officials say Randy Gentry has been hired as the new director. His first day will be July 15.

Gentry takes over for interim director James McArthur, who had been serving in that role since February.

Before this new role, Gentry had been chief deputy with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. He brings more than two decades of law enforcement experience and held that position during two different sheriff's administrations.

“I look forward to the opportunity of serving Pitt County in this role; to continuing the good work that has been going on in Emergency Management, and working with all of the community partners," Gentry said in a news release.

The county's emergency management department is responsible for the planning and response of natural disasters and other incidents throughout the county.

Pitt County Emergency Management consists of 911 communications, EMS, Fire Marshal, and Local Emergency Planning Service.