Babst was serving in the role as interim since January, when former Manager Mark Flathouse announced his retirement. Babst previously worked in various federal emergency management positions and has worked with the county since 2021.
“My goal is to be a valuable and responsive proactive multiplier for all coordination during all hazards in this county,” Babst said. “We’re going to protect our citizens, that’s No. 1.”
The department exists to help prevent, protect and recover from natural disasters and similar crises.
"[Babst has] the kind of leadership the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management needs as we approach peak hurricane season and beyond,” George said.