Commission considers 6 candidates for director’s job

By Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission has received six applications for the position of director of Mason County 911/Mason County Operation of Emergency Services.

Though commissioners had previously said they planned to appoint someone to the position at Thursday’s meeting, due to estate hearings which preceded the meeting and the amount of applicants who applied, they delayed their decision in order to give each candidate a thorough review.

Commission President Tracy Doolittle said she anticipated commissioners would make their appointment of the position at their next regular meeting set for 4 p.m., Nov. 3. Commissioner Rick Handley said all six candidates were from Mason County and all were “impressive.” Handley said the Mason County Ambulance Authority had not yet appointed an EMS director though a committee had been formed to choose that candidate.

Commissioners were also asked to respond to a recent Letter to the Editor to the Point Pleasant Register by Bob and JoAnn Watterson of Henderson who asked for assurances from the commission, that a 4-wheel drive ambulance would be purchased if the EMS levy passes. The Wattersons live in a rural area.

Commissioners said they could not guarantee that, but if the levy passed, it would certainly be examined “strongly.” Handley said, if the levy fails, it’s certain the purchase would not happen because there would be no money and 4-wheel drive ambulances are considerably more expensive. Handley said he did know fire departments assist EMS in situations where road conditions aren’t the best and that EMS drivers do have mandatory training in regard to driving on both city streets and in rural conditions.

In other business:

Appointed Maria Eshenaur to the Mason County Board of Health.

Approved the hire of Jonathan Peterson to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.

County Clerk Diana Cromley reported the early voting numbers, so far, are setting records when compared to past elections. More on this in Saturday’s edition. Early voting is 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 5. Voting takes places on the second floor of the Mason County Courthouse in the county commission room. For Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners met in the third floor courtroom.

Commissioners also signed a proclamation supporting Home Care and Hospice Month, which is in November, with nursing staff from Holzer present.

At the meeting were Commissioners Doolittle, Handley, Miles Epling, County Administrator John Gerlach and Cromley.

By Beth Sergent

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