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Former Brunswick Co. emergency services director to run for commission

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Former Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson wants to get back into county leadership.

Thompson, a Republican, says he will run next year for the District 1 seat on the Brunswick County Commission currently held by Phil Norris, who has announced that he will not seek re-election.

Thompson, 55, retired from his role as Brunswick County Emergency Services Director in December 2009. He worked with Brunswick County for nearly a decade and has over 30 years of local government service, most of which focused on public safety and emergency management-related issues.

Upon his retirement, Thompson received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina's highest civilian honor.

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While serving in BCES this man could snow ball the commissioners on any given day. His southern charm and ability to "BS" always got him what he wanted. He also was the root of many problems created for volunteer agencies. He might have help solve a few issues in departments but could always be found sneaking around pushing his own agenda. I for one will not support Mr. Thompson for Commissioner. He is a gifted snowballer who knows how to manipulate. Enough said!

I don't feel like he has

I don't feel like he has done a very good job of running Emergency Services, for example, every time there is a fender bender especially around where 17 hit's 74 up above Leland there is hours of waiting in traffic, if he was a good director he would show up at a few of these fiasco's and act like he was a leader, he would find a way to put all those deputy's that have shown up to rubberneck and grandstand to work, figuring out a way to get traffic moving and still allowing the rescue workers to do their job, traffic accidents are minor compared to real emergency's like hurricanes and etc.., if he hasn't been able to step in and resolve a little traffic flow he would never be able to handle a real disaster, so until he can get one job down pat he sure doesn't need to be a commissioner.

Was he the director of

Was he the director of Emergency Services when Hurricane Ophelia hit?

guest45 -- your comment does

guest45 -- your comment does not make any sense -- he retired from the county in 2009 -- so what does that have to do with the present time -- and what does that have to do with him being a commissioner.

Guest 45

That seems to be a ridiculous argument.
First emergency management and law enforce are two different agencies that work together in times of crisis.
A fender bender on 17/74 is by no means an emergency - it is an inconvenience.
Now if you want to talk about the road capacities of 17 and 74/76 lets get that started with DOT - that might alleviate the inconveniences from fender benders.

Vog