County interviews candidates for Emergency Management Director position

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The Marion County Board of Commissioners met in special session at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 in Commission chambers at the Marion County Courthouse with all commissioners present. Also present was County Clerk Tina Spencer. The main purpose of the meeting was personnel matters including interviews for the Emergency Management Director position.
An interview panel consisting of Sheriff Jeff Soyez, Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee, Interim Ambulance Dir. Chuck Kenney and Interim Emergency Management Dir. Marcy Hostetler joined the meeting to conduct interviews for the Emergency Management Director position. The group recessed into executive session to discuss the interview process and review applications pursuant to K.S.A.75-4319b (1) for personnel matters of non-elected personnel. Open session resumed with no action.
The board and interview panel then recessed into executive session multiple times with candidates to conduct employment interview for personnel matters of non-elected personnel. They resumed open sessions with no action.
The board and panel met with three different candidates.
Department of Aging Director Gayla Ratzlaff then joined the session. Mueller moved to recess into executive session to discuss a family medical leave request pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4319b (1) for personnel matters of non-elected personnel with the board, Ratzlaff, and Spencer present. Open
session resumed with a motion by Chairman Dave Mueller to approve intermittent FMLA leave for an eligible employee. The motion passed.
In other business the board:
n reviewed the most recent draft budget and publication.
n reviewed projected cash balances and cost of living wage adjustment scenarios. After discussion, Crofoot moved to include a 5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) in the 2023 budget. Mueller seconded. Additional discussion was held. Upon call for a vote, the motion failed 2-3 with Gehring, Becker, and Dallke opposed. Dallke moved to include a 3% COLA in the 2023 budget. Becker seconded and motion failed 2-3 with Mueller, Gehring, and Crofoot opposed.
The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 for payday and other business.

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