PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- The emergency management association in Pontotoc is saying farewell to the only person to lead the Emergency Management Agency.
After twenty years serving as EMA Director, Rickey Jaggers has announced he is retiring.
“I’ve always believed in progressive things, you know there’s a time where these old guys are going to have to turn it over to you new guys,” Jaggers said.
Jaggers said the last few months, the coronavirus pandemic has presented its own unique set of challenges. He said the pandemic has also been particularly hard on first responders.
“They have to go home at night, and they have to, you know, try to be with their families,” Jaggers said, ”and you know, you can’t helpbut have it in the back of your mind, am I a carrier of this disease? Am I going to carry this home to my family?”
Jaggers said one of the most challenging things during the pandemic was equipping his team with personal protective equipment, or PPE.
“At first, it was a little bit iffy, you were worried about personal protective equipment that you didn’t have, and now thankfully, it’s finally caught up,” Jaggers said.
Jaggers has had several jobs in his career, including the National Guard.
“I want to retire now, I think 48 years of service is enough, and I want to go do what Rickey wants to do.”
He said he is looking forward to his retirement.
“My wife and I want to travel. We want to hit the lower 48 states. That’s sort of been a goal of ours.”
Jaggers said his last day will be September 30th. For now, county supervisors are searching for someone to take his place.