Ambulance director job remains unfilled

Posted December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

By Steve Peterson

For the second straight meeting, Hawarden councilors denied a request from the Hawarden Ambulance Association/EMS to hire a full-time director.

The vote was the same at the Dec. 10 meeting as it was the Nov. 22 session.

Councilors Monte Harvey and Travis Olson opposed the hiring while Councilors Tim Kurth and Larry Bauder were in favor of it, for a 2-2 tie.

Three votes were necessary for the hiring to be made. Cathy Bushby of Hawarden Ambulance Association, the current interim director, was again the finalist for the job.

Administrator Gary Tucker gave councilors an updated job description for the full-time Hawarden Ambulance Association director. The

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    By Steve Peterson

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