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Pine County Board Eliminates Emergency Management Coordinator Position

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 5:43 am

In an effort to save money, the Pine County Board decided, Tuesday, to make the Emergency Management Coordinator position the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office as opposed to having an individual coordinator.

This means an extra 32 hours of work a week for the Sheriff’s Department.  Pine County Coordinator Mark LeBrun called the decision a “budgetary issue” and says making the switch will save the county over $30,000.  Commissioner Steve Hallan says he does not like the process, but understands why it is necessary.

“I’ve been a big defender of the position probably longer than anybody because I think we need somebody to be in charge of Emergency Management.  But I also understand that we are at a point in our budgetary process where we can’t ave as many people as we previously had.”

Commissioner Doug Carlson added, “I’ll live with it, but I don’t like it.”  Former Emergency Management Coordinator Gene McLain defended his position.

“There is an awful lot of leg work that goes into [the position].  When it comes down to an actual natural disaster the Sheriff has to do Sheriff stuff, and not set up shelters.”

The Pine County Sheriff will serve as the Emergency Management Director and the Chief Deputy will serve as te Deputy Director.

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