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County commission names new emergency management coordinator

Erin Goff, who has spent the past five years as director of community corrections, has been named emergency management coordinator of St. Joseph County.

During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Goff was tapped to succeed TJ Baker, who has returned to work for the sheriff department’s patrol division.

Due to Goff’s new job, commissioners Tuesday approved an exception to the county hiring freeze and agreed to seek a replacement for Goff as director of community corrections.

The $67,000-a-year job is a requirement for the county to be able to access grant funds through the Michigan Department of Corrections. County administrator Teresa Doehring said the position is fully grant-funded and hiring Goff’s replacement will have no impact on the county’s 2020 general fund.

Baker is going to be the sheriff’s department’s road captain.

Goff said she was excited at the opportunity to replace Baker as emergency management coordinator, as it’s a position that more closely matches her background.

She will relocate from the lower level of the court’s building to the sheriff’s department and begin her new role Feb. 3.

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