Commissioners won’t rush to fill EMA position

LISBON – Columbiana County commissioners are apparently going to take their time filling the position of deputy Emergency Management Agency director.

Commissioners on Wednesday formally accepted the resignation of deputy EMA director Edie Dillard, who is quitting at the end of the month to pursue other career options. She had been deputy director for the past two years.

Commission Chairman Jim Hoppel indicated after the meeting they will likely take their time before deciding how and when to proceed on replacing Dillard.

“Right now, we’re just going to wait and monitor it and see how things go,” he said.

When faced with naming a new EMA director in 2012, commissioners took applications before rejecting them and recruiting Navy SEAL Luke Newbold of Lisbon to take the job.

Hoppel indicated they are in no hurry because the EMA just completed its nuclear preparedness drill in response to a potential incident at the nuclear power plant in nearby Shippingport, Pa. These federally mandated drills must be performed every two years.

He said they may want to think about how to proceed with the job. “We just want to analyze it and get some opinions,” Hoppel said.

In other action, commissioners gave county Engineer Bert Dawson authorization to proceed with a bridge replacement project on Middleton Road in Fairfield Township. The project is to be undertaken in 2017 and cost an estimated $970,120, with federal funding being provided through the Ohio Department of Transportation.