17 apply for county ambulance director

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With 17 applicants for the newly created Washington Ambulance Services director, the review and recommendation for interviewees could come next week, the supervisors agreed Tuesday.

Indications are that the director will be hired this month and be a major part of setting up the new Emergency Services Department for the county. 

There will be a review committee to set up the process and schedule interviews, according to Ambulance Advisory Committee member and Supervisor Richard Young who added the process should start within a week.

Board Chairman Jack Seward Jr., citing the number of applicants, said the county is ready to move forward and said the committee should come back with interview recommendations for next week’s board meeting.

In other business, the board:

• Received the annual report from the Workplace Learning Connection. The group served 1,383 students, held 1,259 events, arranged 32 internships and 92 job showings in 2018-19.

There are eight schools, including the Kirkwood Regional Center, served by the Workplace Learning Connection in Washington County. The other counties are Benton Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones and Linn.

Director Laurie Worden noted that “interest from our business community has never been higher,” noting that business partnerships are an important part of providing workplace learning experiences for the students.

The Connection requested an allocation of $2,225. Total budget for the center is $765,172, provided by Kirkwood Community College ($50,000), state and federal grants ($424,422), Grant Wood AEA ($179,822) and 12 school districts services fees ($179,822).

The county contributions and local grants are $70,928.

• Acknowledged the quarterly report from the county general assistance showing 11 requests for aid with eight denied, total expenditure was $3,298.61.

• Acknowledged the Veterans Affairs quarterly report showing 10 requests approved and one denied, total expenditure was $2,718.90.

• Approved two personnel changes for the Sheriff’s office for termination of employment for two county reserve deputies: Travis Hartley and Shannon Mc Cain, effective Dec. 31, 2019.

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