Two new members of the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Board, including the former sheriff of Highland County, were “brought up to speed” in a special meeting on Wednesday, said Jon Salyer, human resources manager and public information officer for the district.
The special meeting included an executive session with the stated purpose of personnel matters, though no action was taken, Salyer said. The special meeting concluded at around 9:30 p.m., he said.
In that meeting, Salyer gave board members an overview of those who have applied for the chief and assistant chief positions. Board president Dan Mathews in November instructed Salyer to start taking applications for the positions as a safeguard.
Salyer said he anticipates presenting the board with a more detailed report of the individual candidates on Tuesday at the board’s regular meeting.
Until the matter of current chief Bradley George is resolved, the open position that needs filled is for assistant chief, as former assistant chief Chad Hamilton took a position in the Columbus area at the end of 2015.
George has been on suspension since early July, first due to a pending investigation, then as a punitive measure after it was determined in a hearing that charges of gross negligence, malfeasance, and failure to show good behavior were true, and then he was suspended again due to another pending investigation.
Salyer said a status update on the most-recent investigation into George is expected early next week.
Newest members to the board, former Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward, representing Liberty Township, and Greenfield City Council member Mark Clyburn, representing the village of Greenfield, were in attendance Wednesday.
Also present on Wednesday, according to district clerk Jim Barrett, were: Randy Mustard, Paint Township, Highland County; Travis Mootz, Washington Township; Grant Palmer, Paint Township, Ross County; Bob Wiley, Buckskin Township; and Dan Mathews, Madison Township.
Salyers said that other townships in the district are still deciding their representatives, but that members must be in place by the board’s next regular meeting on Tuesday.
In all, there are to be nine voting board members, plus Hillsboro’s non-voting representative, Lee Koogler.
The Paint Creek board holds its regular meetings every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Greenfield station on Washington Street. The next meeting is Jan. 12. The meetings are open to the public.
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