Johnny Williamson was recently named director of Neshoba EMS. He succeeds Dale Joyner who retired at the end of the year. Williamson will oversee 23 employees.
Johnny Williamson was recently named director of Neshoba EMS. He succeeds Dale Joyner who retired at the end of the year. Williamson will oversee 23 employees.
Neshoba EMS continues to look to the future with a new director, but not a new face, taking the helm of the ambulance service.

Longtime EMS director Dale Joyner retired at the end of the year, turning the responsibilities over to Johnny Williamson during the first week of December.

Williamson joined Neshoba EMS after serving as a former director with the Metro Ambulance service in Lauderdale County.

Joyner is confident that EMS will see continued growth under Williamson.

“You know in December I handed my keys over to someone who I thought would do a really, really good job and someone I felt confident would continue to grow what we had built over the past 30 or 40 years,” Joyner said.

This is the first time in 32 years that Williamson won’t be working on an ambulance.

“I really loved being on the ambulance and taking care of people,” He said. “This will be the first time in 32 years I won’t come to work and get on a truck, but it’s hard as you get older and I am glad I can still help people the best I can.”

Joyner said he and Williamson share a similar management and work philosophy.

“He is just a really, really good fella and I know the people working under him will work with him,” Joyner said. “It has seemed to be a seamless transition and something I felt real good about. Over the years of getting to know him, I have noticed he has the same passion I have for patient care.”

Williamson will oversee six ambulances which run on three 24-hour shifts alongside an eight-hour “day truck” shift.

He has 21 people available to work on an ambulance and, in addition to himself, two people who work in the office managing billing for a total of 24 employees.

He hopes the service can continue to grow under his supervision.

‘I have big shoes to fill for sure, but we are fortunate that the previous guy left us in a good spot so I think we can continue to grow as this county continues to grow,” Williamson said.

When he is not on a truck or in his office, Williamson likes to hunt and fish and work in his shop. He also likes to spend time with his wife, Sheila, and their family.

Williamson has three kids who have all followed him into lifesaving and health care professions.

His son John was previously an EMT and fireman and now works for Lauderdale County Emergency Management.

His daughter Nicole is a paramedic in Philadelphia and Krystal Stewart, his step-daughter, has recently transitioned from an EMT to a physician’s assistant after graduating from Mississippi College.

“I guess it runs in the family,” Williamson said.