Magan DeLozier graduated from Chelsea High School in 2000. Today, she heads an agency in the fastest growing county in the state.

Jan. 16, this petite brunette was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve as the new Rogers County Planning and Zoning director.

Feb. 12, that same board named her as the new floodplain administrator.

According to U.S. Census figures of estimated population in 2004 Rogers County growth is up 11.89 percent over the 2000 census; the 2003 census shows the county ranked as number 1 for population growth in the state.

DeLozier, who graduated from Northeastern State University in 2003 with a bachelor of science in family relations and child development and a minor in social welfare, made a meteoric rise to the top.

“I started in this office in September of 2005,” she said.

This was not DeLozier’s first stint in county government.

“I began working at the county as a senior in high school,” said DeLozier. “I worked under three different assessors: Fred Morgan, Kathy Hill and Melissa Anderson.”

Back then, she wasn’t in charge of anything.

“I started young as a clerk-gopher. I liked it. I’ve always felt comfortable here,” said DeLozier. She claims to have joked with current Assessor Melissa Anderson that when she turned 25, she would run for assessor.

“I’m not going to do assessor,” she laughed.

Right now, she has her hands full.

“Someone in this office usually is floodplain administrator,” she said, “but anyone can be. Not every county has a planning and zoning commission.”

March 22 she will attend a one day class at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to earn her floodplain administrator accreditation.

According to DeLozier, the job as floodplain administrator complements her job as the county planning director.

“I will field complaints or explain ordinances stating that you can’t bring in fill to a floodplain,” she said. Her job will mostly consist of monitoring government regulations set by the OWRB and FEMA. Her office does not make decisions regarding floodplain designations.

“Our flood maps which show us what areas in the county are in the floodplain or floodway (creeks) come from FEMA,” she said.

DeLozier plans to serve as a resource for citizens who can come to her office to pull maps. She will help them determine where their property is located on the maps and what the floodplain designation is. This affects homeowners insurance and whether fill can be brought onto the property. A home built on a floodplain must have a pad or foundation that is elevated two feet according to a Rogers County ordinance.

“The majority of the floodplain property in Rogers County is in the 100-year floodplain which means it has a one percent (1%) chance of flooding each year,” said DeLozier. “Every once in awhile FEMA will take an area of the floodplain out.” She said those decisions are made by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

“The naturally occurring floodplain, if filled, would cause the water to go somewhere else and cause erosion and flood out another property owner’s home,” DeLozier said.

Four people make up the staff of the Planning and Zoning Commission, including DeLozier. Her second deputy, Fanny Campbell, said she doesn’t mind working for a younger woman.

“She’s extremely knowledgeable. I don’t think chronological age has as much to do with it as qualifications for the job,” said Campbell. “She is very, very sharp. I am proud to say this is my boss.”

In addition to Campbell, two other code enforcement officers, Dan Barrett and Butch Dawes, work under DeLozier’s direction.

“I hope that I bring organization and law enforcement to the job,” said DeLozier who believes her background in the Department of Corrections and her CLEET certification can help her to deal with violations that come through her office. After obtaining her college degree, DeLozier worked for a time as a probation and parole officer before moving to the planning and zoning office.

“I like my job. I want to be better and try harder every single day,” she said.