Steve Parks, a lifelong resident of the community, has joined the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency as deputy director.
“I wanted to get back into public service,” he said last week. “I feel like I still have a lot to offer, and I hope to be an asset to the office here.”
Parks joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1987 and in 1994 became Active Guard Reserve in Pulaski, Chattanooga, Fayetteville, Winchester and Tullahoma. He held a number of positions from recruiting to readiness NCO. His last position was with the 30th Troop Command in Tullahoma, whose main mission was to coordinate military, local, state and federal assets in times of a natural or man-made disaster. He retired from the Guard in 2015.
“It is for me the skill sets like those that will be so vital to what we do here,” said Doug Campbell, director of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency, explaining that Parks’ main focus initially will be on the emergency management side of preparation, coordinating mitigation and emergency operation plans, as well as working on securing grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Parks and his wife Lydia together have seven children and 10 grandchildren, ranging in age from 9 months to 15.
He is the son of the late Joe Lee and Alice Parks, who operated Parks Jewelers on the Fayetteville square for decades. In addition to his other work, Steve worked there as a jeweler and gemologist from 1974 to 1994.