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CRS head not reappointed to Hagerstown Board of Public Safety

January 30, 2002

CRS head not reappointed to Hagerstown Board of Public Safety



By DAN KULIN
dank@herald-mail.com


J. Michael Nye, the top administrator at Community Rescue Service, was not appointed to serve another term on the Hagerstown Board of Public Safety.

Nye said he was willing to continue serving on the volunteer advisory board and Mayor William M. Breichner said he had been considering nominating Nye for reappointment.

But Breichner said that when he asked City Council members about Nye's possible reappointment, "a majority felt it was time for a change."

"He's led a very controversial life since he's been (at CRS)," Breichner said.

Breichner and the council discussed Nye's possible reappointment during a closed meeting. State law allows the mayor and council to hold closed-door meetings for certain specific discussions, including to discuss board appointments.

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Breichner would not say which council members opposed keeping Nye on the board. Nye has been on the board for about 11 years, and served as board chairman for five.

Breichner nominated John A. Budesky, a former council candidate, to take Nye's spot on the board.

The council on Tuesday unanimously approved Budesky's appointment. The council also unanimously approved appointing Henry F. DeLauney as an alternate to the board.

The board has five members and one alternate.

Nye said he's not disappointed about leaving the board.

He acknowledged that his role with CRS probably affected the council's decision.

"My vocalness for CRS probably would not have won friends and influenced people," he said.

Nye is executive director at the ambulance company, which serves most of Hagerstown and parts of the surrounding area.

Under Nye, CRS has received subsidies from the city and Washington County governments, and within the last month the CRS board decided to lay off several ambulance staff.

Some CRS staff and volunteers have called for Nye's resignation from CRS.

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