JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The long-time head of a southwestern Missouri emergency management office has been named director of the State Emergency Management Agency.
Department of Public Safety director Jerry Lee announced the appointment of Ryan Nicholls on Tuesday.
Nicholls replaces Donald L. King, who has served on an interim basis since last year's retirement of SEMA director Paul Parmenter.
Nicholls has spent seven years as director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. He also took part in disaster management response to Joplin's EF-5 tornado in May 2011 and Super Storm Sandy last year.
Nicholls has a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University and a master's from Oklahoma State.
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