FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2008
Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
Johnston County resident named director
of NCDA&CS Emergency Programs
RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has appointed Sharron W. Stewart of Four Oaks as director of the Emergency Programs Division at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She has assumed her duties.
Stewart previously was deputy director of the division. She replaces Marty Zaluski, who left the department last year to become Montana’s state veterinarian.
The Emergency Programs Division is the department’s chief emergency preparedness and response unit. Its work focuses on reducing the N.C. agricultural community’s vulnerability to disasters, diseases and terrorist attacks.
“Throughout her career, Sharron has demonstrated the ability to lead and get things done,” Troxler said. “Her management skills and experience will be extremely beneficial in overseeing the Emergency Programs Division, which is responsible for providing coordinated planning, response and recovery efforts for agricultural disasters.”
Stewart joined the department in 1981, working briefly with the Plant Industry Division before becoming an inspector with the pesticide regulatory programs. She left the department in 1988 to run a private business, but returned in 1991 and held several positions in pesticide regulation before becoming deputy director of emergency programs in 2005.
Trained extensively in incident management and command, Stewart was on a team that ran a shelter for displaced animals along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She also has served as commander of NCDA&CS drought and hay relief efforts.
Stewart is a graduate of N.C. State University and holds the Certificate for Community Preparedness and Disaster Response from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers, the N.C. Society of Public Managers and the State Animal Response Team.
She is married to Charles K. Stewart. Her hobbies include horses, dogs and reading.