County names new emergency director

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Osage County’s longtime director of emergency management concluded his final monthly report with a word of caution Monday.

During an appearance before the Osage County Commission, Mike Pattison expressed concerns about a recent rash of injuries to county workers. He said the eight loss-of-time accidents reported during the past month are “more than we’ve had all the rest of the year.”

Pattison, who has been the official safety advisor of the county for 15 years, recited an alarming list of workplace mishaps — including accidentally self-inflicted wounds caused by a pocket knife and a tire tool.

“I’m afraid something is not working,” Pattison told the commissioners before bidding them a formal farewell.

At age 65, Pattison is due to retire at the end of this month.

Commission Chairman Scott Hilton acknowledged a county-wide concern for improving safety.

“Safety is something we need to be careful with,” Hilton said. “We’ve had a hiccup this month and we need to make sure it doesn’t become a black cloud.”

Jerry Roberts has been chosen to be Osage County’s next emergency management and safety director. He was selected last week following candidate interviews by the Osage County Board of Commissioners. Five persons applied for the position, county officials said.

District One Commissioner Bob Jackson said Roberts is a retired Tulsa firefighter who has a considerable amount of emergency-service training. In addition to working with by Osage County’s District Two, Roberts had remained active as the chief of a rural fire department in the Skiatook area, the commissioner added.