New Jackson County Safety Manager ready for disasters, but prays we never need it
Wayne Cain at his new office in the Jackson County Courthouse.
Wayne Cain is the new Jackson County Safety Manager and Emergency Management Director. He job-shadowed Jerry Gibson Sr. for a month before Gibson retired from the position this week. The Altus Times interviewed Cain on his experience so far with the County.
Altus Times: Wayne, please give us some highlights of your career so far.
Wayne Cain: I have worked in the Altus area for over 45 years. I managed the Toys, Sporting Goods, Hardware, Housewares and Automotive section at Treasure City, assistant store manager for Gibsons and Store Manager for Surplus City in the 1970’s. From there I went to Altus AFB for a very rewarding career with the Air Force as a Civil Service worker. My second most rewarding moment was briefing the Secretary of Defense on the prototype Hazardous Material Management program small base concept for Altus. Of course, my most rewarding moments were my marriage to my wife Donna, the birth of my three children and five grandchildren.
AT: How long have you been here?
WC: I was born in Jackson County Memorial in 1952 and have made Headrick and Altus my home for almost sixty years.
AT: What are some favorite things so far about about your new job?
WC: I think being prepared to meet any disaster that could possibly happen to the people in Jackson County and praying every day that I never have to use it.
AT: What are some things you are looking forward to about the job?
WC: Working with the Altus Emergency Management team community and the surrounding communities in Jackson county.
AT: What are your hobbies/interests?
WC: I enjoy hunting, fishing, horseback riding, coaching city league and just about anything else that my five grandchildren want me to do.
AT: Anything else you wish to add for our readers?
WC: I have farmed in the Headrick area for over thirty years.