Weatherman and Orange Grove native Juan Acuna has been named the Jim Wells County Emergency Management Coordinator. Acuna and the county have been in talks for some time, but have finally worked out a deal between Acuna’s current employer, KRIS News, and officials with the county.
Acuna will continue his on-air job, forecasting the weather at 5 p.m. for KRIS 6 news and again at 9 p.m. for the CW. The late start times of his forecasts will allow him to spend his mornings in Jim Wells County, reviewing and revising current emergency plans.
“I am really really excited about the opportunity to represent my hometown, like over the moon excited,” said Acuna.
Acuna graduated from Orange Grove High School in 2003 and attended the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He is no stranger to emergency services, having worked with the National Weather Service, predicting fire weather for the state of Texas.
There have been some concerns about how Acuna will pull double duty in the event of a hurricane, specifically.
“I have an obligation to the station, I will continue my on-air duties there, but Jim Wells County will have the chance to see me live, on-air, and get the most current updates. And of course, I will be in constant contact with county officials in the event of a threat,” said Acuna.
Acuna is taking the position after longtime EMC Lynn Kirchoff left late last year and plans to spend his first moments on the job reviewing the plans that the county already has in place, plans that Acuna says are “pretty solid”.
“Juan will be a great addition to Jim Wells County, especially with his background,” said Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez.