Commissioners discuss openings on commissions, public safety director

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

“We shouldn’t fill this position,” said Commissioner Joel Pate, who was celebrating his 75th birthday on Thursday. “This has been mishandled from the get-go.”

 County Attorney Jeff Goodman said that the board would have to rescind its previous action of changing the organizational chart, and that the job should be re-advertised and a new pool of candidates gathered and interviewed.

The interviewing and hiring would be conducted by the county administrator and the human resources director, Goodman said.

“I was not comfortable with that decision of the board at that time,” Bush said of the organizational change. “The further it progressed, the less comfortable I got.”

“I’m confused,” said Brock. “The EMS director was always the responsibility of the public safety director. Whoever moves into that spot should have the same responsibilities Roger Dale had.”

Commissioner Todd Abbott said before EMS came under the direction of the county, back when it was still controlled by the hospital, the county’s long-range plan was that someday the EMS would be under the county’s public safety director’s control.

“What I am hearing now is in contradiction to that,” Abbott said. “We’re asking, ‘did we do the right thing?’”

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