Houston County EMA director placed on leave

Houston County commissioners placed its Emergency Management Agency Director on administrative leave on Wednesday afternoon.
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 4:02 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Houston County EMA Director Chris Judah has been placed on administrative leave due to an investigation into possible misconduct.

The decision came after Judah met with commissioners in private for about 20 minutes.

After a unanimous vote to place him on leave, he met separately with Houston County Chairman Brandon Shoupe.

Chairman Shoupe would not rule out other disciplinary measures against Judah or others who could have been involved in the matter.

“I really can’t say a lot about the situation at this time,” Shoupe told News4. “I hope our investigation will be complete (soon).”

This is not the first time Judah has been scrutinized.

In 2021, one commissioner accused him of failing to obtain the required certification for his job.

Judah took over as EMA director in 2017.

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