WILLIAMSON – During personnel discussion at the Williamson Council meeting Thursday, Oct. 22, Joey Carey, Chief of the Williamson Fire Department, approached the council seeking approval to add three men to the part- paid list.
Carey approached the council saying, “I have three applications from guys that have been waiting a couple of months to be put on the volunteer part- paid list. One of these is a gentleman who is also on the current civil servant list to be hired full time whenever we have a spot open. Zachary Collins is on the civil service list. In the meantime, he wants to participate in any way he can to help us and has requested that I put him on as a part paid guy.”
Carey continued providing an explanation of part-paid. “Part paid is more or less a volunteer but the city pays them $15 per call. These guys are certified. We already have their gear. There is going to be no overhead for these guys. I have all their stuff there that they can wear,” Carey explained.
The discussion continued with Carey providing background for two other applicants for the part-paid list. Ashley Collins was another applicant mentioned.
The third applicant named was Jonathon Corolla. “He is a paramedic for STAT EMS. He has all his certifications. He is certified in a lot of rescue, fire and EMS,” Carey said.
Carey continued saying, “I recommend that we put all three of these guys on our part paid list.”
Councilwoman Judy Hamrick questioned certification saying, “If they are not fully certified can they go out with you?”
Carey responded saying, “What they can do is limited. Only one is limited. The other two can do anything. Ashley is limited until he finishes his online course which I have him doing now. I have already talked to him about what he can and cannot do.”
“How long is it going to take him to be certified?” Hamrick asked.
“In three or four weeks, he will be as certified as any man that I have on the part-paid list. He just came in and had no kind of fire experience at all and we started working with him. We set him up to do his coursework online,” Carey said.
Hamrick responded saying, “I don’t have a problem with it as long as it isn’t a liability to you. I know you need your list updated.”
Councilman York Smith made a motion to put the men on the part paid list. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sherry Hairston-Brown. The motion was approved unanimously.
Other personnel decisions were made at Thursday’s meeting.
The council voted unanimously to raise the Williamson City Clerk salary to $36,000. Hamrick made the motion and it was seconded by Councilman Matthew Newsome. Larry Brown currently serves as the Williamson City Clerk.
The council also voted unanimously to release from employment the most recently hired janitorial personnel.
Hamrick made the motion explaining, “We seem to have an extra person in maintenance. We really only need one person and not two. Using seniority, I think we need to let one person go.”
Smith seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
The next Williamson City Council meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)