Our Staff

Louis J. Vargo: Director

Lou Vargo (MS, CRNA) is the Director of the Wheeling–Ohio County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, where he has also served as Deputy Director. He has more than 25 years of experience in emergency management in West Virginia and Ohio. He is also a team coordinator for the Wheeling–Ohio County Hazardous Materials Response Team.  He is responsible for National Incident Management System compliance for the county.

Lou received a master of science degree in health education/community health management from the School of Medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown and a bachelor of science degree in anesthesia from the former Wheeling College. Vargo is currently a staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the East Ohio Regional Hospital's Department of Anesthesiology.

Vargo is a certified hazardous materials technician and incident commander. Lou is certified in Basic Disaster Life Support and Operations Disaster Life Support through the American Medical Association. He is an American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor.

Lou also has extensive administrative, clinical, and teaching experience at the university, hospital, school, and local government levels. He has been an EMS, fire, and rescue instructor since 1978 and teaches disaster management courses, EMS, and hazardous materials response courses.


Wayland Harris

Wayland Harris joined the Wheeling-Ohio County Office of Emergency Management as the Deputy Director in 2011. Wayland is a 1991 graduate of John Marshall High School. Wayland served 6 years in the U.S. Army, he is a 1998 graduate of West Liberty University with a B.S. Degree in Biology. Wayland served as a Fire Engineer/ Paramedic with the Wheeling Fire Department for 9 ½ years. Wayland is also employed by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department where he serves as the Threat Preparedness Director.


Dave Weaver

Dave Weaver joined the Wheeling Ohio County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency in 2010 as a Planning Officer and GIS Coordinator. He most recently served as the Mapper for the Ohio County Assessor's Office. Dave graduated from John Marshall High School in 1992 and from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1997 with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice where he served as one of the first Student Security Officers.