County commissioners said they are wanting further information before deciding to advertise for a new emergency management director as a full-time or part-time position. However, the need for a separate position was recognized.
At present, Rick Stever is filling both roles and he says it is becoming too much to do both. ?I can?t keep up with it now,? he said.
He presented the same argument to the board in earlier meetings and feels the positions need to be separate, and he would be interested in continuing to serve as chief of the fire district.
He said in the meeting this week, ?To me it?s just a matter of the board realizing the need and opening yourselves up to looking at the work that is required.?
He gave a few examples where the need does exist, mentioning in particular the bombing in Panaca in July. Stever said he was out of town at the time and there was no one to coordinate activities and information. He even cited the sheriff?s department as saying they could not take over the emergency management duties because they didn?t have the manpower.
Stever referenced statements Sheriff Kerry Lee has made right after learning it was a deliberate bombing, not an accident, he had to go home to change out of his firefighter?s clothes to his sheriff?s uniform to handle the situation. ?But we dodged shrapnel that night,? Stever said. ?It was asked what we would have done if we had had several injuries,? he said. ?Multiple causalities,? was the answer. ?Nobody (other than the sheriff), was there to take responsibility and smooth this over,? he added. ?A lot of things really need to be looked at and considered.?
Commissioner Paul Donohue said he did not think he could justify two full-time positions, just the paperwork and regulations for the emergency managing position would be overwhelming and where is the money to pay for that going to come from?
However after lengthy discussion, it was Donohue who made the motion that the board ask Stever to work with them in developing a list of duties, task analysis, job description and qualifications for the position, and then prepare an advertisement. ?Then we will cross the bridge to the fire department,? he said.