Blake to retire as EMS director; commission begins search for replacement

Commission begins search for replacement

By Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission met in special session on Thursday to discuss the retirement of its Emergency Medical Services director.

In a letter dated Sept. 21, Chuck Blake wrote he was retiring from his positions as the county’s 911 and emergency management director, as well as the director of the Mason County Ambulance Authority. Blake’s retirement will be effective Nov. 30.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Mason County, the various commissioners over the last 21 years and the folks that have served under me,” Blake wrote. “I am looking forward to enjoying my family and spending more time with them.”

Commissioners Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley and Miles Epling thanked Blake for his service to the county, recognizing his supervision of the operations of 911/EMS/EMA over the years.

Following the unanimous acceptance of Blake’s retirement letter, discussions began about finding his replacement sooner rather than later. In his letter, Blake recommended the commission consider Mason County 911 Deputy Director R.C. Faulk as his replacement, though commissioners said, at this time, no candidate has been chosen and they would be determining a path to move forward with finding Blake’s replacement by their next regular meeting, set for 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

During the special meeting, commissioners talked about the selection process regarding candidates and how they would determine Blake’s replacement in a way that would keep that process fair and balanced. Though appointing a selection committee was discussed to assist in finding the best candidate, it was just a discussion and no motion was made. Whatever the path forward, Doolittle said she’d like to see some progress on finding Blake’s replacement as soon as possible.

Also at Thursday’s meeting were County Administrator John Gerlach and County Clerk Diana Cromley.

Commission begins search for replacement

By Beth Sergent

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