Caleb Branch, 25, has accepted the job of 911 director, effective Jan. 21. Branch holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency management with a minor in public safety communications from Jacksonville State University. In addition, he holds associates degrees in criminalistics and emergency medical services-paramedic from Faulkner University and Southern Union Community College, respectively.
Previous experience includes jobs at Oxford EMS, Clay County 911, and his immediately prior job at Lifeguard Ambulance Services in Birmingham, where he worked as operations supervisor.
Branch is a native of Clay County, graduating from high school at First Assembly Christian School in Ashland. He is married. His wife, Gussie, is an optometry school student at UAB.
He assumes the job of full-time 911 director, responsible directly to the 911 board of directors, at an annual salary of $52,000. The job was formerly combined with the job of Blount County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director, now held by Max Armstrong, who is retiring March 1. He will be replaced by a full-time EMA director, responsible to the Blount County Commission.