Marshall County Emergency Management Director Curt Curtner was terminated from his role as a county employee this afternoon. He confirmed on social media he will no longer serve in that capacity effective 4:30 p.m. today as he "was relieved of that duty."
He was appointed to the position Oct. 2015 by former Marshall County Judge-Executive Chyrill Miller.
A press release issued on behalf of Judge-Executive Kevin Neal's office by Marshall County Parks Director Britney Heath provided a vague explanation for Curtner's termination:
"Public safety in Marshall County continues to be of utmost importance for my administration. As advancements in emergency response progress and requirements for more policy implementation becomes necessary to protect our community, we have identified a need for a full time commitment to the emergency management department. It is our commitment to always make the safety of our citizens a priority," Neal said.
The press release also quotes Neal expressing gratitude for Curtner's years of service to the emergency management department, saying he supports Curtner in his continued role as deputy coroner and the many other public safety capacities he currently serves.
The press release confirms Curtner "has been relieved of his duties effective Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020," and notes the emergency management director is an appointed position which serves at the pleasure of the county judge-executive pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 39B.020.
Heath reported the "possibility of an interim director appointment is currently being discussed" and pertaining information will be released once an official decision has been made. She also reported details about the position vacancy and hiring process will be announced in the coming days.
Curtner also serves as a deputy coroner with the Marshall County Coroner's Office and is an active member of the Marshall County Rescue Squad.
According to KRS 39B.030, the county emergency management director acts as the executive head and chief administrative officer of the local emergency management agency to direct, control, supervise and manage the development, preparation, organization, administration, operation, implementation and maintenance of the comprehensive emergency management program of the county. The county emergency management director is also tasked with developing and maintaining a local emergency operations plan with provisions establishing the organizational structure to be utilized by local government to manage disaster and emergency response, and set forth the policies, procedures, and guidelines for the coordination of all disaster and emergency response in the county and all the cities therein for an emergency, declared emergency, disaster, or catastrophe.