Commissioner’s email request questioned

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 08:06 AM.

Gothard said.

Her husband, Washington County Fire Chief Al Gothard, has many professional contacts and he would be able to spread the word that the county was looking for a public safety director. “He knows several qualified professionals and he could pass on the information to them,” Gothard said.

The job description and advertisement of the job opening had already been published, Gothard said. “We were wanting to get as broad a selection of candidates as possible, there was nothing underhanded about the email.”

Gothard said at the meeting on Thursday that she “in no way got involved in the hiring process during the search for a public safety director.”

However, according to a March 22 letter written by Emergency Management employee Connie Welch to Lynne Abel, emergency management coordinator, Gothard had plans to create a public safety director position and she had a person in mind to hire for that job.

“Soon after the election, Washington County Fire Chief Gothard was in my office and advised me of his and his wife’s plan for a Public Safety Division Director and he and his wife had the perfect person for the position in mind,” Welch wrote.

According to a letter to the board from Grant Coordinator Stacy Webb, dated March 27, Gothard had approached Carol Park and Webb on March 12 wanting to see the applications for the Public Safety Position.

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