Larry Woods

Leadership Team
Title: Director of Emergency Management
Phone: 417-869-6040
Department webpage.

larrywoodsLarry Woods joined OEM in 2000 as a planning officer. He was promoted to the title of deputy director (then assistant director) in 2003. While in this role, Woods was instrumental in developing and maintaining the county’s emergency operations center and solidifying its role as an example of best practice in community disaster response. Before joining the OEM, Woods served as the 911 and emergency management director for Laclede County and as an emergency medical technician for American Medical Response in Kansas City. He has also worked in both the fire service and law enforcement.

Woods is the Region D director for the Missouri Emergency Managers Association and is the planning section chief for both the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team as well as the Missouri Disaster Response System. He is professionally certified by the International Emergency Managers Association and is a licensed emergency medical technician. Woods is also a planning section chief for one of two Incident Response Coordination Teams for the Office of Emergency Management under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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