Starke County Commissioners to Discuss EMS Director Salary

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners will discuss the salary for the new county EMS director when they meet this morning. They’re still searching for a replacement for Paul Matthewson, who resigned from the director’s position July 1. Keith Eimgh is serving as director in an interim position until a permanent replacement is hired. First though the commissioners want to review the salary for the job. They discovered after Matthewson quit that he was making considerably more than EMS directors in surrounding counties. The EMS director is responsible for annual budget development and department oversight. Qualified applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and must be an Indiana-certified paramedic. At least five years of clinical paramedic and at least two years of EMS management experience is also required.

The commissioners will also continue their discussion of whether to expand Advanced Life Support service beyond the Knox EMS base to ensure greater county coverage. Today’s agenda also includes discussion of an Internet agreement for the Grovertown ambulance garage.

Other agenda items include an update on the status of the old county landfill east of Knox, opening of bids for two bridge projects, proposed plans for additional bridge repairs and a change order for the ongoing work at the intersection of State Road 8 and County Road 300 East to improve access to the Knox Industrial Park.