Names Womack Interim Director of MEMA
From: Office of the Governor
Filed 6/26/06 GCN
Governor Haley Barbour has named Mississippi Emergency
Management Agency deputy director Mike Womack to head the agency on an
interim basis. Womack's appointment is effective July 1, 2006.
Barbour said while his search for a permanent MEMA executive director
continues, he wants an experienced hand guiding the state's emergency
management operations, especially since the 2006 hurricane season has
begun. Womack has been MEMA's deputy director since July 2004 after
serving for two years as director of the agency's Response and Recovery
"Mike Womack has been a strong MEMA deputy who is also knowledgeable about
local emergency management operations and the issues we will face in case
of a significant disaster. I am pleased he has accepted this interim
appointment and confident he will do an outstanding job," Governor Barbour
As deputy chief of MEMA Womack has been instrumental in helping the state
deal with a round of emergency situations, including hurricanes, tornadoes
and accidents involving hazardous materials. Womack is also a prime author
of the state's newly-revised emergency operations plan, which was largely
re-written on the basis of lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina.
A biographical sketch follows:
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Mike Womack was appointed Deputy Director of MEMA in July 2004 after
serving for two years as MEMA's Director of the Response and Recovery
Bureau. Womack has an extensive operations management background and
brings this knowledge to the emergency management setting.
Womack served 29 years in active and reserve service, retiring in June
2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Mississippi Army National Guard. He
has served in numerous positions during his tenure including
Administrative Officer, Operations Officer, Intelligence Officer, Civil
Affairs Officer and Chief of Staff of a 5,000-soldier armor brigade.
He began his career with the Mississippi Military Department in 1985 as
the senior fulltime officer at the 108th Armored Cavalry Squadron in
Senatobia, Mississippi, which was later reorganized into the 2-198 Armor
Battalion. He has held various positions of responsibility, including
Recruiting and Retention Officer, and was the Chief of Staff of the 155th
Armored Brigade supervising all of the fulltime soldiers in close to half
of the armories throughout the state. Upon leaving reserve service,
Womack worked as a college student recruiter until his employment with
Womack has received numerous awards for his military service. Among the
awards is the Mississippi Magnolia Cross, which is the highest peacetime
award presented by the state. He is also the recipient of multiple Army
Commendation Medal awards and Meritorious Service Medal awards.
A native of Swainsboro, Ga., Womack moved to Mississippi where he
graduated from Hernando High School. He has a Bachelor's Degree in music
from the University of Mississippi and was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He served
seven years in the U.S. Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division
Band in Fort Campbell, Ky., and the 98th Army Band in Fort Rucker, Ala.
After leaving active duty with the U.S. Army, Womack worked as a high
school band director for three years in Ripley and Yazoo City, Miss.
Womack is a member of the Mississippi Civil Defense/Emergency Management
Association, The National Guard Associations of Mississippi and the United
States, and the United States Army Armor Association where he holds the
Order of St. George, signifying significant contributions to the
advancement of the Cavalry and Armor Units.
Womack is married to the former Jonie Eatwell of Hernando, Miss., and they
have a daughter, two sons and five grandchildren.