Putnam County Seeks New EMA Coordinator

Putnam County Emergency Management Agency coordinator John Ehrhardt announced his resignation Monday at the Putnam County Board meeting.

His resignation will be effective Sept. 30. If the board needs help choosing his successor, Ehrhardt said he would be happy to help.

“I truly enjoyed this job. It’s probably been one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done,” he said.

But, Ehrhardt who also is a veterinarian, said he could no longer effectively manage two careers and keep his health on track at the same time.

He said he would help ease the transition if possible.

“I will be around. I will help,” he said.

Ehrhardt thanked everyone who helped him perform his job and gave a special thanks to Bob Cofoid, who served as interim coordinator of the PC EMA before Ehrhardt was hired.

“Without him, I could not have done this job,” Ehrhardt said.

Board chairman Duane Calbow told Ehrhardt that the board accepted his resignation with “deep regret.”

“I appreciate the work that you’ve done,” Calbow said.

Cofoid, when asked by the county board, said he would step up to help if needed until a replacement is found.

Board president remembers Richardson

Board chairman Duane Calbow said the board’s condolences go out to the family of Karen Richardson, who died Sept. 2. Richardson had served as a courthouse employee before retiring. Calbow called her an “excellent worker.”

Source: News Tribune