Lee County EMA Director Kathy Carson

Lee County EMA Director Kathy Carson

Lee County officials have confirmed that Emergency Management Agency Director Katherine Carson was placed on administrative leave late last week for undisclosed reasons.

Details were not released on the move by Judge Bill English and Lee County Commission, but the commission could discuss the matter at its next meeting on Monday.

Lee County Administrator Roger Rendleman would not discuss specifics with the Opelika Auburn News, but he did say English placed Carson on administrative leave to look into some issues.

“Until that matter is resolved [we] really can’t talk about it,” he said.

Typically in these situations a recommendation is made first, Lawrence said. The commission can deliberate in executive session, but the final decision will have to be publicly announced.

“We’re looking into the matter, trying to gather information and then we will move forward with it and other than that, it is a matter I can’t discuss until it’s complete, because it’s ongoing,” said Commissioner Johnny Lawrence.

Carson has been Lee County’s EMA director since 2009. She oversaw the county’s response when tornadoes devastated Beauregard and Lee County in March of this year, killing 23 people and injuring 100 others. She served previously as assistant director in neighboring Russell County.

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