County personnel changes approved

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By Ryan Conley

One longtime employee of the county was replaced and others had their positions modified as part of a marathon Fiscal Court meeting on Monday.

The incoming court, which included new Judge Executive Bill Karrer, made the personnel announcements at the close of a seven-hour meeting –­ more than half of which was spent in state-authorized private executive session.

Todd Burch was appointed foreman of the county road department, replacing 33-year department veteran Collis Rogers. Darrell Stevens, who was initially told by Karrer he would be replaced as director of the county’s EMS department, was instead retained, although his dual role as a paramedic was eliminated from his job description.

Additionally, the job description of incoming Jailer Darrell Herndon was modified to include oversight of the county’s building maintenance and other properties department.

Karrer, who defeated incumbent David Jenkins last November, earlier told The Spencer Magnet he was planning on some personnel changes.

“There was nothing personal, nothing political,” he said of potential changes. “I just want to get us where the county needs to be.”

Fiscal Court magistrates unanimously approved the personnel moves.

Earlier in the day, Carmin Gaines, chairman of the Spencer County Democratic Party, criticized Karrer in the meeting’s public comment period on what she believed at the time to be the imminent departure of both Rogers and Stevens.

“These aren’t ‘party’ men who would cause trouble for you or the Republican Party,” she said. “These are just hard-working men who have been devoted to the people of Spencer County ... for decades.”

In other action:
* The court approved the $479,100 annual budget for the sheriff’s department, but tabled the proposed budget for County Clerk Judy Puckett until a comparison to the 2010 budget could be obtained and reviewed by magistrates.
* The court approved the purchase of more than $51,000 in radio and related computer equipment for various safety agencies in the county, including Tayorsville Police Department, Spencer County Sheriff, Mount Eden Fire Department, Spencer County EMS and the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department. Much of the funding came from grants obtained through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.