Commissioners discuss openings on commissions, public safety director

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

“If we got the wrong person in that position, it could hurt two strong, well functioning departments,” Bush said. “Right now, we’ve bound our county administrator’s hands in forcing him to fill the position this way.”

Commissioner Lynn Gothard asked if this meant they would hire the public safety director based on the old job description. Pate said that was correct.

“The only problem I have is that in that very first meeting, there was a name that came up and that name is still in the top three,” Brock said.

The commissioners voted to rescind their action of Jan. 24 and take the EMS out from under the direction of the public safety director, according to the organizational chart.

Gothard and Brock voted against the change, while Abbott, Bush and Pate voted in favor.

“I would like to see us have more discussion and some clarification,” said Abbott.

Abbott said the commissioners’ actions were making it difficult for County Administrator Steve Joyner to do his job.

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