Deputy EM director serving as interim


Marshall County Deputy Emergency Management Director Kurt Schmidt is serving as interim director until a new director is appointed, The Tribune-Courier was able to confirm through an open records request. Schmidt is also chief of the Marshall County Rescue Squad.

The window for applicants interested in the position closed last week, and Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal reported during last week's Marshall County Emergency Responders Alliance meeting he had received resumes from nine people.

Regarding the information related to former Marshall County Emergency Management Director Curt Curtner, who was terminated Jan. 21, the data log for his hours over the last six months indicate he regularly worked at least 40 hours per week, sometimes more. He was also listed on assessments as a full time emergency management director serving a full time emergency management office. He also appears to have been up-to-date on certifications and scored well on the assessments included.

Deputy Judge-Executive Brad Warning, who is the county's record-keeper and responds to open records requests, denied without reason a request for Curtner's personnel file. But Curtner told The Tribune-Courier that had the request not been denied, the paper would have found no evidence of any reprimands, formal or informal.

Warning did provide the appellate procedure from the county's administrative code, but said it doesn't apply to Curtner because he was appointed to a position that serves "at the pleasure of the appointing authority," which is Neal.

Last week, Curtner accepted a position as a volunteer with Graves County Emergency Management, serving in an advisory capacity to the new director. He was also assigned to the state's incident management team for the Purchase region.