County makes compensation changes for EMS staff

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met with EMS Interim Director Chuck Kenney to follow up from Friday’s special meeting where former Director Travis Parmley resigned due to ongoing stresses and frustrations with availability of ambulances to transport individuals to better equipped hospitals outside of Marion County. There have been a string of individuals who have needed emergency transportation to other locations and there have not been Marion County ambulances provided to take them causing many, including local hospital administrators, to call for Parmley to be held accountable.

Kenney began the meeting by letting the board know that the state had reached out and let him know that they will be doing an inspection of all the county ambulances.

The board, Kenney, County Clerk Tina Spencer and County Counselor Brad Kantz met in executive multiple times for personnel performance. They approved an increase of pay of 10 percent for Kenney. Approved an increase of pay for Jamie Shirley of 10% and replaced comp time with overtime. Former EMS Director Travis Parmley will be filling in as Transition Coordinator. Parmley was approved for 30 days at 80 percent of salary for 32 hours a week.

In other business, the board:

  • ┬áconducted administrative business
  • met with County Treasurer Susan Berg for a department update. Berg reported that they are moving forward with tax sale. Letters were mailed out by the tax attorney. Some of those who are delinquent have been able to pay the taxes and attorney fees. The board then met in executive session for personnel performance with County Treasurer Susan Berg for 10 minutes. No action was taken.
  • met with Emergency Management Interim Director Marcy Hostetler about department business.
  • heard road and bridge updates from County Engineer Brice Goebel.


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