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Fargo and Teague hired as Emergency Management Director and Deputy Director

Updated: Jan 10, 2023

From left, District #3 Commissioner Jim Rogers, Emergency Management Director Garrett Fargo,

District #1 Ray Watts, Emergency Management Deputy Director Jonathan Teague,

and District #2 Commissioner Beau Burlision.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - Sequoyah County Commissioners recently hired two local men to fill the vacant emergency management director position as well as the new position of emergency management deputy director. The pair will serve many capacities throughout the county and be among the first to respond when the county is in need.

Garrett Fargo will serve as the Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director. Fargo is a lifelong resident of Sequoyah County and says he is excited for the opportunity to serve the community he has lived in and loved his entire life.

Fargo comes with a firefighting background and four years of experience. He is state wildland certified, has a Red Card, and is a certified emergency medical responder.

Fargo has a love for God, family, and the outdoors and stated, "I am happy to be here and ready to get in there and get after it."

Jonathon Teague will serve as the Sequoyah County Emergency Management deputy director. Teague is a lifelong learner of all things weather-related and is popularly known as "The Sequoyah County Weather Guy" on social media.

Having served multiple capacities in the community, Teague has been a Sallisaw police and fire dispatcher, a reserve officer for three years, and has received the Reserve Officer of the Year award.

In addition, Teague is a Federal Aviation certified remote pilot and has worked in state government for OKDHS as well as the Sequoyah County Health Department.

"I am looking forward to meeting with all municipal leaders, fire departments, law enforcement, and schools and building meaningful relationships to help better serve the wonderful folks of Sequoyah County in an official capacity," Teague said.

Sequoyah County Commissioner for District #3 Jim Rogers explained that the pair will be responsible for many duties in the county, such as covering flood plains and teaching classes, including safety training for county staff, teachers, and law enforcement agencies.

"These guys are both aware they have a lot on their plate. However, they are both young and ambitious, and I think they are going to be a great benefit to our county," Rogers said.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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