Sam’s Adventures in Leadership Camden County Part 6

Deputy Director Sam Henley is a member of the 26th class of Leadership Camden County! Former Director Ron Gentry nominated Sam so she could begin building a network here in Camden County and begin learning about our county through the eyes of the organizations, agencies, and businesses who serve our area!

*Because of the nature of parts of this month’s LCC class, there will be no photos from various parts of the day.*


February 23, 2021

Starting Location: Camden County Sheriff’s Dept (adjacent to the Camden County Courthouse); 1 Court Circle NW, Camdenton, MO           
Dress: Casual                 


8:00 a.m.                            Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.                            Welcome & Announcements

8:30 a.m.                            Chris Twitchell, Operations Captain; Camden County Sheriff’s Department

9:00 a.m.                            -5 Minute Break-                     

9:00 a.m                              Tour of Camden County Jail/Justice Center/Courts                        

Noon                                     Travel to Camdenton City Hall

12:15 p.m.                          Lunch – Catered from The Butcher Shop – please note if you have any dietary restrictions

1:00 p.m.                             Water/Sewer Presentation            

1:30 p.m.                             Tours of Camden County Road Department/Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport            

4:00 p.m.                            Program Group Meetings with Advisors if Needed

Greetings, all!

Sam here!

This was a pretty cool day for the LCC class. There are no photos from the first part of the day because we were at the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and the Camden County Jail. We would like to thank Captain Chris Twitchell for the information he shared about staffing issues, budget shortfalls and the departments efforts to bridge them, and insight into the lives of the deputies who patrol the roads of our county.

We were able to witness taser demonstrations and though they offered to let us be on the receiving end, none of us volunteered! LOL!

After that, Captain Chris Moehle (May-LEE) who oversees Camden County Jail spoke of the vast improvements in housing for the inmates in the newer jail versus the old jail. He pointed out the separate housing areas for different levels of defenders and for female inmates in a separate section. Via the camera system in Moehle’s office, we saw all areas of the jail and then we were given an opportunity to tour the facility.

We traveled the short distance to Camdenton City Hall, where we enjoyed box lunches catered by The Butcher Shop. The food is always fantastic and we were glad to have the opportunity to continue patronizing local businesses!

We met Camdenton Mayor, John McNabb, who introduced himself and welcomed us, answering questions and enjoying a short visit with the class before we learned about the Water Treatment Plant and cycles our water goes through prior to reaching our homes.

Camdenton City Administrator Jeff Hooker spoke about the personnel at the water treatment plant and how hard they work to ensure the quality of water and the challenges the personnel dealt with on a day to day basis.

This segued into the presentation and walkthrough of the plant operations by Public Works Director Bill Jeffries. You can find the link to the presentation below. (It takes time for it to load after you push play.)

Waste Water Treatment Plant Presentation

After another short trip to the Camden County Emergency Management Agency, new Emergency Management Director Rod Sederwall spoke with the class about what an EMA does (see our page) and I gave a talk on the free Community Emergency Response Team training and group the EMA oversees (see their website). Pat Wolf, Camden County Road District Administrator, and Andy Bayerl (bear-uhl), North Shed Supervisor, brought down one of the county’s International tandem dump trucks (which was in the process of refilling on sand mix for the roads) to talk about efforts to maintain the roads of the county, especially during the winter storm season. The dump truck hauls approximately 14-15 tons of sand mix and does not go down lake roads, which would be hard on the frame. The county’s smaller dump trucks are much more maneuverable and are the ones which service the lake roads. The larger trucks carry 12′ plows to clear snow from the roads.

The majority of the group proceeded to the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport for a tour of the hangars and information on the upgrades to the facility and runway. Further information on that can be found in one of our previous blogs!

This session of the LCC class was a “make up” day for a number of our previous sessions’ tours being restricted due to weather or the pandemic. It was fantastic to get out into the county and visit places we may not have the opportunity to visit otherwise.

Thank you to the guest speakers and location/site managers for the information and tours!

Make sure to follow our blog so you receive updates from this multi-part series of our coverage of Sam’s adventures in Leadership Camden County!

Other parts of this series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Published by camdensam

I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!! I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.

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