Commissioner’s email request questioned

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

“She was very demanding and came across as being forceful,” Webb wrote. “Carol and I looked at each other for a couple of seconds and after a brief hesitation, we reluctantly acknowledged her request and Carol escorted her into her office where the applications were kept in a safe and I proceeded to my office.”

According to the county attorney, applications for county jobs are public records and, minus social security numbers and health-related information, they are open to public inspection.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners voted to rescind an earlier vote and move the Emergency Medical Services department out from under the purview of the public safety director.

At the Jan. 24 board meeting, it was Commissioner Gothard who made the motion to move the Emergency Medical Services back under the public safety director’s control per the county’s Proposed Progressive Governmental Structure chart, approved in 2008. After discussion, the commissioners voted at the January meeting to make the move, with Commissioner Joel Pate voting against the change.

On the organizational chart, in 2008 the EMS is listed under the Public Safety director, but in 2009 the chart was revised and EMS was moved out to be a department on its own.

The public safety director’s job description for the director’s position was to revert back to the old description and the job was to be re-advertised, per the commissioners’ decision, the board decided on Thursday.

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