Hendrix: Byron Steward is more than qualified to run new county department

Mike Hendrix

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Mike Hendrix

KINGMAN – Byron Steward is more than qualified to run Mohave County’s new Department of Risk and Emergency Management that was approved Monday by the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Mike Hendrix said.

The Daily Miner reported that he would need to attain certification as an associate in risk management, which is not the same as a two-year associate’s degree, Hendrix explained Wednesday in response to comments on the article.

Associate in Risk Management is a professional designation or certification aimed an “enhancing decision making and risk management abilities,” Hendrix said.

Steward has a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University, and is a certified emergency manager with more than 500 hours in training.

He also holds a Firefighter One training certification and is a top-level hazardous materials technician. He’s certified as a radiological monitor, radiological response team and radiological officer.

“I want to mention Byron has served for over five years on the Governor’s Homeland Security Western Regional Advisory Council, recently being reappointed by the governor for a three-year term,” Hendrix added.