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Commission decides against emergency services coordinator post

September 15, 2004|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday decided not to create an emergency services coordinator position.

County Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth asked the commissioners to postpone a vote on the position and to honor an Aug. 19 vote taken by the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association that the county not create the position.

Kroboth said the association rejected the idea that the county create the position by a 13-12 vote.

The coordinator would have overseen ambulance companies in the county, a job that currently is managed by the Fire and Rescue Association.

Last month, Kroboth asked the commissioners to hire an emergency services coordinator after the association placed its emergency management specialist on leave for nearly two months. That left ambulance companies without anyone to coordinate emergency operations, Kroboth has said.

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The position was to pay $42,108 a year in salary and benefits.

On Tuesday, Kroboth said he thought the association's Aug. 19 vote should be upheld.

The association will give a report on the status of emergency medical services operations to the commissioners in six months.

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