Rickey Stokes resigned as Cottonwood Rescue’s president on Friday about a week after an audit questioned about $848,000 in payments made by the nonprofit emergency services provider serving southeast Houston County.

Beau Deatherage, the Fire Chief at Hodgesville Volunteer Fire Department, will succeed Stokes in the role.

Stokes, the CEO of rickeystokesnews.com, said in a post on his site the resignation was “not because of the audit.”

“Stokes stands firm that he can answer where the money is,” Stokes said. “Stokes departure is not because of any investigation by the Attorney General or District Attorney. Stokes departure is willingly and voluntarily, and Stokes has wanted out since 2021. Because running EMS is more difficult then one would think. And Stokes has too many irons in the fire to donate to it.”

Stokes said he “wishes Deathridge well and the men and women who have worked and will work in the future providing EMS coverage.”

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