Board member John McNab introduced the idea of paying secretary and treasurer Pam Hobbs during a recent Bell County Volunteer Fire Department meeting.
McNab said several members from the department, including himself, discussed the idea with Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock.
McNab explained Hobbs would be self-employed and would make approximately $12,000 annually. He claimed Brock said it wouldn’t be a problem reimbursing the fire department for her pay.
If the position is approved, Hobbs would work at headquarters 25 hours a week. Hobbs said the time would allow her to look for grants and get more things done for the department. The low amount of hours would also mean the department would not have to carry insurance on her.
“This is something that the department has needed for a long time,” said Hobbs. “They need somebody here, and this is something I’m willing to do.”
Vice-president Roy Amburgey said there would be technicalities that needed to be discussed before the move took place.
“That’s a pretty complicated situation,” said Amburgey.
Amburgey said it’s not a bad idea, but the situation needs to be looked at closely.
“If the fiscal court will guarantee reimbursement of her pay and if she will come back with us on a contract as an individual and we like it…if it’s legal, do it,” said Amburgey. “I know she deserves it. I just want to make sure we’re legal.”
With more questions looming about the situation, the board decided they will have an executive meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation.
In other meeting news, Amburgey swore Ron Boger into the board of directors for the fire department. Boger will replace Tyler Pursiful, who recently resigned from the board.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.