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County cash sought for EMA

May 27, 2013

LISBON — FirstEnergy is asking Columbiana County commissioners to begin contributing something toward the operation of the county Emergency Management Agency....

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bradshaw

May-27-13 8:21 AM

Another temper tantram by Halleck. If he gets frustrated he picks up his toys and stomps out! His bad behavior is getting old and he cannot control himself. This character should GO!! Is there some way we can get rid of him?

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Eagle330

May-27-13 9:09 AM

This county needs a swift change in commissioners. Newbold was hired with an above average wage. Newbold has NO emergency management experience what so ever. The military and civilian worlds are two different worlds when it comes to emergency’s . it is sad that they did not even interview those with great experience and training for this position. These individuals would have been more than happy with the normal wage. Between the mismanagement of the EMA and the 911 center, someone is going to get hurt. It is time that this county comes out of the dark ages. As far as Halleck I am calling for his resignation, he is not in this for what is in the best interest of Columbiana county residents.

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bradshaw

May-27-13 9:27 AM

Who is Newbold friends with to get special treatment? Halleck please resign!

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swager

May-27-13 11:31 AM

The FEMA test is coming up and we have paid this guy for 6 months and he is not capable of doing the job yet. His wage is not above other areas and is acually quite low, If he knew what he is doing. It will be some time before that happens. Until then, no grant money, still. If they fail the FEMA test they are fired, period. Nothing Halleck can do to save his boy.

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WatchDog

May-27-13 12:38 PM

.... it is sad that they did not even interview those with great experience and training for this position."

It is real obvious that Mr. Halleck violated the law in this matter. I'd say it's time for a State investigation.

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bradshaw

May-27-13 1:52 PM

According to McKee, who should know, Newbold is making close to 9 thousand dollars more than other directors in First Energ's area. Newbold waltzes in and is goven this big jump in pay because he was a Navy Seal? Of course the other2 voted and went right along with Halleck. They both should man - up and stop being afraid of Halleck.

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swager

May-27-13 4:07 PM

If you do a search on EMA directors you will see them at 80k or there abouts. These are seasoned pro's with college degrees geared at the EMA field. You notice I said other areas. Dillard has been carrying the ball all this time and they balk at a raise? Make Newbold the deputy if he can handle it. Without her there will be no test in this county. Maybe this will be their way to get rid of her. Remember, Halleck said in this paper commissioners don't know what is the right choice, so they made none. Then Newbold popped up, or decided to get out and land here. The qualifications required in print by Halleck was FEMA IS 100. There were many with this and the professional development series completed who were never interviewed.

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swager

May-27-13 4:43 PM

If I was First Energy, I would cut back to the bare minimum and let the county deal with it. They did the mission creep let them pay for as much of it as possible.

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bradshaw

May-27-13 4:54 PM

Swager: Thank you for the info you offered. In another area I can undetstand the salary higher being but not in CC.

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poolboy34

May-27-13 5:53 PM

It is obvious that for some reason Halleck favors NewBold. For a representative of the people to storm out of a meeting as Mike did is very unprofessional. Maybe more will be brought to light with some investigative reporting.

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Eagle330

May-27-13 7:38 PM

Are these meetings open to the public? I have a few questions for Mr Halleck. And the qualifications of IS-100 that were required to apply for this position are a joke, if Newbold only has IS-100 this county could be in great danger in the event of a true emergency. The IS-100 class is only a introduction to emergency management, it takes about TWO hours to complete this course.

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codydog23

May-28-13 2:22 AM

Its all Columbiana County favoritisism in full swing.Navy Seal is related to Halleck or Halleck is paying back a favor to someone.OR he is expecting a favor in future.Thats Lisbon for so,so,so many years.Newbold will pass the tests no matter what it takes for commissioners!!!!

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swager

May-29-13 11:41 AM

The other requirement was to be older and retired. I am one of a handful of senior military emergency management specialists in the tri-county area. The whole hiring process was a joke. The acronym commissioners should be looking for is FEMA not Seal.

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swager

May-29-13 6:18 PM

I offered my assistance in person to get the agency on track. It was declined. What we do is manage local, fed and military to get the job done. My paperwork can beat up just about anything. They made their choice. I'm making popcorn.

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swager

May-29-13 6:23 PM

To be an actual director you need to be hired to take the classes to be one. There are training schedules that are only offered at certain times if you are hired.Some are IS, some are in person out of state. These guys blew it.

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swager

May-30-13 5:26 PM

While I am at it. Has DillRd needed to be air assault, sub deployed, able to hold her breath on end and carry heavy loads to respond to a nuke event ever in her time here? Sure I've given her a hard time in the past. She is the best thing walking county wide as she holds and has maintained the office while the others left and put a whole new world of responsibilities on her. I'd come in as her deputy and get this agency moving. What happened to CERT? There used to be regular meetings of us At the EMA building

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swager

May-30-13 5:28 PM

Dillard. Typing from my phone.

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bradshaw

May-31-13 1:04 AM

Swager: They act like the 3 Stooges!

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Johnthomas2012

May-31-13 7:01 PM

Wow! What a bunch of jealous little schoolgirls. Halleck has been great for this county. It is so nice to see someone stand up for what's right and not afraid to speak their mind. All of you should be aware that your IP addresses are easy to trace when you post in this forum. That goes for you; Dillard, Zehenbauer, and Brown. This is pathetic. Few of the applicants were qualified to take that position and none more so than Newbold. Who is far over-qualified and has more real disaster experience than anyone around here could hope to in a lifetime. I've met the Newbold boys and they are nothing short of exceptional in every respect. Before you suppose you have a clue what you're talking about, you should read the resume of the lad. I'm very happy with all of our commissioners. Especially Mike Halleck!That guy stands up for what is right even when it is unpopular. That's not an easy thing to do. Way to go Halleck! Keep up the great work!

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Firefightingchic

May-31-13 7:18 PM

It was funny to read all of this stuff. I mean, OMG! It is so easy to see what's going on. The Commissioners are doing very good and I was in the military and SEALs are amazing! Not to mention HOT! lol.

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Johnthomas2012

May-31-13 7:22 PM

Seals got Bin Ladin, I think they can handle a flood! Are you kidding me?!

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Eagle330

May-31-13 11:11 PM

Johnthomas2012, you must be a friend of MR. Newbold. His resume is public record. Lets see just how much experience he has at the county level. Being in the military and managing a county's emergency management system are two Different things. I say next time that an outside agency does the interviews and they make the recommendations as to whom is qualified....Does anyone know for a fact how many people were interviewed? Maybe next time we can get a NASA pilot for the job, it would make about as much sense as hiring a seal with NO 0 Zip experience or training in the EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FIELD.

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swager

Jun-01-13 6:48 PM

You can can catch me anytime at ken63500@hotmail,com my state and county record is easy to follow. Bulletfest,com might get you a little more low drag, You do know what I look like , right?

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swager

Jun-01-13 6:53 PM

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swager

Jun-01-13 7:07 PM

Mr. Johnson has my cell and I his.

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