Rutherford retires as Sequoyah County Emergency Manager



Monday, November 7, 2022 - Sequoyah County Commissioners announced the retirement of Sequoyah County Emergency Manager Steve Rutherford at their weekly meeting on Monday, October 31.

Pictured with Rutherford (from left) are son BR Rutherford,

grandson, wife Carol and son Mark Rutherford.


Surrounded by family, friends, and co-workers, commissioners thanked Rutherford for his past 10 years of dedicated work in Sequoyah County. District 3 Commissioner Jim Rogers presented Rutherford with a plaque for his years of service (above).


"On behalf of the commissioners and the county as a whole, we would like to say thank you in appreciation of your dedication and hard work for Sequoyah County. We all wish you the very best in your retirement," Rogers said.


Rutherford has responded to many life-threatening situations over the past ten years. A major train derailment, plenty of fire related and search-and-rescue calls, numerous severe storm warnings, COVID updates, along with various public speaking events, to name a few.


Rutherford was also at the forefront of the 2019 500-year flood and communicated to the public as two loose barges floated along the Arkansas River.


Prior to Rutherford’s employment in Sequoyah County, he spent nine years working in law enforcement at the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. He then took a position at the Grove Police Department and worked there for three years as an investigator.


In addition to his impressive list of titles, Rutherford has also been a volunteer firefighter for many years, a storm spotter, a minister, a chaplain, and is involved with amateur radio.


On top of the role that required his attention 24/7, Rutherford has been a dedicated husband, father, loving grandfather, and caring pastor to many.


A reception was held for Rutherford directly after the meeting with punch, cake, and cookies. If you see Rutherford, be sure to thank him for his dedication to our community.



Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer


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