Lee Co. EMS director submits resignation

Published: Oct. 25, 2022 at 10:00 AM CDT
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FORT MADISON, Iowa. (WGEM) - Lee County EMS Director, Dennis Cosby has submitted his resignation, according to the Lee County Board of Supervisors.

The Board announced Monday afternoon they would meet Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in a special meeting to vote on accepting the resignation and vote to appoint an interim director.

The Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation and appointed Emergency Management Coordinator, Jason Dinwiddie as interim director in that meeting.

The meeting was open to the public and held at the North Lee County Office Building at 933 Avenue H in Fort Madison.

Cosby did not cite a specific reason for his resignation, said Supervisor Garry Seyb.

“It was a surprise, but again I wish him well,” said Seyb.

This comes after Lee County EMS has begun the process of adding new staff.

It’s part of a program that includes hiring the new employees and reimbursing them for classes and training they may need to begin working, all in an effort to fill the medical gap in Keokuk since their hospital closed on Oct. 1.

“We’re adding nine EMTs in Keokuk, Jason’s been apart of that as well as Dennis from the beginning,” said Seyb.

Seyb said Dinwiddie worked closely with Cosby and should not have issue in hiring new employees.

Now the supervisors will search for a new full-time EMS director.

At their meeting, Pflug recommended extending that search.

“We need to probably reach out like maybe to Adams County, Des Moines county, let’s put it out further,” said Pflug.

As the supervisors work to replace the former director, Seyb said people of Lee County shouldn’t expect a change in their services.

“They should expect the same level of services they’ve been receiving and for things to do, nothing but improve.”

Seyb said they will accept applications for the director position for the next ten days.

After those ten days are up, the supervisors will meet in a forum setting to go over applications and begin the interview process.

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