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Fire assistant approved

July 09, 1997

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to give the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association $30,000 to hire a new administrative assistant to replace former county Fire and Rescue Coordinator Roger "Jerry" Reed.

The new employee won't be a county employee like Reed, who resigned effective May 15. County Personnel Director Alan Davis said it wouldn't work well to have an employee who had to answer to two bosses - the County Commissioners and the association.

"It didn't work in the past and we want to make sure that we get started on the right foot," said County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

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Association President Jay Grimes thanked the commissioners and asked them for about an acre of land for a modular office for the new assistant. The commissioners said they should have some land available and directed staff to look for locations.

Grimes said the state might help pay for a building.

County Commissioners James R. Wade and Ronald L. Bowers suggested that the assistant be housed permanently in the new building planned for a consolidated Civil Defense and HAZMAT unit that could be built at the Washington County Regional Airport.

Commissioner R. Lee Downey said he wasn't in favor of putting the combined facility at the airport because the volunteers don't want it there.

"That's their problem," Bowers said. "We're the leaders. We have to make up our minds where we want it."

County Administrator Rodney Shoop said land could be available in the Hopewell Road area.

Wade asked Grimes if the assistant could be temporarily housed at a fire department, but Grimes said he didn't know of any that had the space.

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