EMS moved under Public Safety Director

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 06:02 AM.

Finch said the county also reworked the salary structures at the same time. “It was a huge, huge process.”

“I feel the whole thing needs to be looked at,” County Manager Steve Joyner said of the county’s organizational chart. “There are a few things here we don’t have any more. It just needs cleaning up a bit.”

Board Chairman Alan Bush noted that the county’s E-911/GIS was not answering emergency phone calls, but rather, dealt with providing addresses for county properties. “I don’t know why that isn’t under building or code enforcement,” he said.

 Earlier in the meeting, county resident Danny Hayes asked the commissioners if there were plans to hire a public safety director. “My question is this, why do we need to fill this position so quick?”

Commissioner Todd Abbott said the county has been looking for a public safety director for some time, even before Hagan announced his retirement.

Hayes said the commissioners should be diligent in searching for a public safety director, and make sure that any candidate hired had sufficient experience and qualifications for the job.

“I’d hate to see just another relative of somebody stuck in there,” Hayes said. “There are so many relatives on the county payroll, if there was ever a funeral the whole county would shut down.”

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