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Differences Hampering Floyd County EMS Advisory Council 

Personality clashes are threatening efforts of the Floyd County EMS Advisory Council.

The group is charged with making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the parameters of a tax levy to raise money for providers of emergency medical services in the County and, possibly, a County-run ambulance service.

During their meeting Monday (02.05), Supervisors discussed resignations from the council by key members; most notably its chair, Charles City Councilman Patrick Lumley.  Supervisor Jim Jorgensen, a non-voting member of the council, said disruptions in EMS Council meetings have played a role in Lumley’s decision, plus the loss of valuable time in an effort to get the measure on the ballot this September.

Jorgensen also noted that Floyd County Medical Center CEO Dawnette Willis has also contemplated resigning if Lumley was not on board. 

The controversy reportedly centers on Brandy Molitor with the Floyd County EMS Association. Lumley acknowledged issues with her to Supervisors as well as why her group doesn’t qualify to be represented on the EMS Council.

Even if she’s not a voting member, Molitor told Supervisors she should still be allowed to express opinions to help the EMS Tax Levy move forward.

Supervisor Dennis Keifer said he hopes the differences don’t derail the EMS Advisory Council objectives.

Other than acknowledging the resignations of Lumley and Dawn Staudt of AMR Ambulance, Supervisors took no action on adding to or restructuring the EMS Council.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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