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Sheriff Scott A. Steward

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SHERIFF URGES SAFE DRIVING DURING TOURIST SEASON

The tourist season has arrived in Park County, and Sheriff Scott Steward reminds residents that, with the influx of visitors to the region, driving behaviors will begin to vary greatly. Residents should use extra caution during the peak summer months as driving behaviors may become irregular.

“Ours is one of the most beautiful areas in the country,” said Sheriff Steward. “The scenery and wildlife that we as residents many times take for granted, may be a once-in-a-lifetime event for our visitors. And while we welcome each and every visitor to our wonderful community, we need to be prepared for the unpredictable nature of their driving when navigating the highways of Park County especially those in and out of the greater Yellowstone area.”

Besides being especially vigilant, there are certain additional steps motorists can do to increase their safety on the roadways:

  1. Drive with increased awareness when traveling in known tourist areas or around vehicles with out-of-state license plates. Tourists are liable to stop, slow, or swerve at any time and drivers should be especially prepared for these actions.
  2. Be particularly alert when driving in wildlife areas due to the unpredictable nature of the animals.
  3. Slow down and increase the following distance between you and other cars. When traveling at a higher rate of speed, your ability to take evasive action is greatly reduced and the force of impact in the event of a collision, is increased. Reducing your speed will also increase your response time to avoid a possible collision.
  4. Practice active driving. Distracted driving, such as driving while talking on your cell phone, text messaging, which is illegal in Wyoming or chatting with passengers is even more dangerous at this time of the year.
  5. Be especially mindful of motorcycle traffic. Park County attracts literally thousands of motorcycles each year and they are the smallest vehicles on the road. Unfortunately they provide virtually no protection in a crash. Be especially cautious when pulling out in front of a motorcycle. The speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle may be difficult to judge. When in doubt, wait for the motorcycle to pass before pulling into oncoming traffic.
  6. As always, make sure you and your passengers obey Wyoming statutes by wearing seatbelts.

“Above all, be patient,” concluded Steward. “Understand the behaviors and attitudes of our visitors as they take in the wonders of Park County.” For additional information on safe driving tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov.


STAFF SPOTLIGHT

NEW HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR APPOINTED

Sheriff Scott Steward announced recently the appointment of Jack Andrew Tatum to the position of Director of Homeland Security for Park County.  The Homeland Security Director is responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing the activities and emergency operations for Park County and ensuring that local emergency operations response agencies and the general public are prepared for any hazard or emergency as well as other duties as required.  Mr. Tatum replaces outgoing Homeland Security Director Martin Knapp who retired earlier this month. During this transition, the office of Homeland Security was reassigned under the direction of the sheriff’s office.

“The position of Homeland Security Director is essential to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Park County,” said Sheriff Steward. “The key to any successful outcome during an emergency situation is being prepared and ensuring that essential safety services are deployed in a timely manner.  Jack has my full support and confidence in his ability to ensure the safety of our residents.”

Director Tatum began his career with the fire mitigation arm of the U.S. Forest Service in 2008 in Townsend, Montana.  In 2011, he transferred to the Big Horn Basin in the Lovell/Greybull area before eventually settling in Cody in 2015.  “I am extremely excited and honored to be serving the citizens of Park County as Homeland Security Director,” commented Tatum.  “As an employee of the Forest Service, we were always preparing for the next fire season through mitigation and preparation for fighting fires as they occurred.  We were always thinking ahead which instilled in me the importance of forward thinking.  But I definitely felt that I could do more in preparing for emergencies locally rather than at the federal level.”

When asked what made him settle in the Big Horn Basin, Director Tatum related that his family vacationed in this area ever since he was born.  “I have been coming to this area with my family all my life and I definitely inherited my father’s love affair with the Big Horn Basin and Yellowstone National Park.  And now I have an opportunity to serve in the area that I love.  Without being too cliché, it’s really a dream come true.”

Director Tatum was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and grew up in the Liberty, Oklahoma area.  He has an associate’s degree in Natural Resource Biology from Northwest College in Powell and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Ecology and Management from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.