Jail chief to lead county Fire Rescue temporarilyRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 12 2018 10:06 AM
Interim Jackson County Administrator Wilanne Daniels spoke Monday about her decision to dismiss former Fire Rescue Chief Scott Birge from county employment last week and about her decision to place jail Chief Mark Foreman in his place temporarily.
She has put jail chief Mark Foreman on temporary assignment to lead the Fire Rescue department and assigned jail Lt. Jamie Jeter to handle corrections while Foreman concentrates on Fire Rescue.
She said she has tasked Foreman with four major goals: Improving morale, stability, structure and leadership in Fire Rescue.
Noting that she gave Birge the opportunity to resign, but that he declined to do so, Daniels explained the primary circumstances that led to his dismissal.
The Jackson County Commission had, a few months ago, authorized administration to sideline an ambulance when necessary because of manpower shortages in the department. The sidelining was to be rotated across the stations. Daniels said the plan was worked out in meetings including herself, Birge and the county’s medical director, who had recommended pulling ambulances out of service when they couldn’t all be manned to the necessary standard. The medical director was to make the call on when to sideline an ambulance.