Chaffee County Has New Emergency Manager

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Chaffee County has hired an Emergency Manger.

Richard Atkins began his new duties as Chaffee County Emergency Manager yesterday. 

Atkins has been the Emergency Management Coordinator for Adams County the last five years.  Before that, he was in law enforcement at Oklahoma State University for 36 years. 

Atkins replaces Phil Graham who resigned after he was found guilty of impersonating a peace officer, false reporting and official misconduct

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Danny “Dan R” Ridenour has been in radio and television broadcasting for 42 years, starting as a senior in high school at KAMO in Rogers, Arkansas.

Dan attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas from 1978-82 (where he picked up the name Dan R after his fraternity brothers couldn’t pronounce his last name), majoring in Radio/Television. Dan lived in Jonesboro for 10 years working in radio and then was a TV weatherman for ABC affiliate KAIT Channel 8.

Television was a little boring when compared to radio, so Dan returned to hosting radio morning shows in Nashville, Memphis, Oklahoma, and then eventually, Colorado.

Dan enjoys being involved in the community, having been an member of the Upper Arkansas Service Club and is currently on the board of directors for the Salida Community Center and is a member of the Chaffee County Fair Committee.

Dan and his wife Carrie spend their days doing everything the mountains have to offer: hiking, camping, fishing and skiing. They raised 3 children together and have 2 grandchildren.
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