Dennis Thayer named 911/EMA director

Multiple county department heads were at Tuesday night's commission meeting to welcome Dennis Thayer to his new post. From left: Catoosa County Fire Chief Randy Camp, new 911/EMA Director Dennis Thayer and Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

After working with an interim for the past couple of months, Catoosa County named its new 911/Emergency Management Agency director Tuesday night, Feb. 6, by approving the hiring of Dennis Thayer.

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk, who was involved in the hiring search with other county department heads, says Thayer is from Bartow County and possesses more than 30 years worth of emergency service experience.

"We had a number of applicants, 29, and I was asked to go through the applicants with the fire chief and our existing (interim) director Steve Quinn," Sisk said. "We called people in for first interviews and then tried to narrow that down to about three applicants."

Ultimately, Sisk says the committee landed on Thayer as its guy.

In addition to his extensive emergency services background, Thayer is also the former mayor of Euharlee, Ga.

"I think we have a real good applicant here," Sisk said. "He has 30-plus years in emergency services, and I think he's got leadership qualities that can really move our 911 Center and our emergency services forward. He'll definitely be a benefit to the county and I look forward to working with him. I appreciate the County Manager asking me to sit in on the process."

County Manager Jim Walker said Thayer's first day on the job will be Monday, March 5.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at