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Ambulance candidate in negotiation on county's offer

Jan 16, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Commission is likely to discuss hiring Joseph Zillmer, of Amarillo, Texas, as Fremont County Ambulance director at its Jan. 21 meeting.

The county board offered the position to the Texan on Jan. 15, and they are now negotiating over aspects of the offer.

"We're still talking, kind of negotiating -- just fine points, that we were talking about." Commissioner Larry Allen said in an interview.

He thought the topic would be on the agenda for the county board's Jan. 21 meeting.

"It'll be brought up cause we'll have to formally have to approve the changes," Allen said. "I think we'll know more for sure next week."

Commissioners voted 4-1 to select Zillmer after an executive session Jan. 14. Commission vice-chairwoman Keja Whiteman cast the lone contrary vote. The county board did not discuss the pick in open meeting.

The offer was for a salary of $55,000 a year with benefits.

Commission's ambulance department liaison Larry Allen officially offered Zillmer the job

the afternoon of Jan. 15.

The county board interviewed Zillmer and two other men for the ambulance director job in December by telephone.

Zillmer owns and operates a medical transportation consulting company and over several decades has worked as a paramedic, as an EMS instructor and in leadership roles in emergency medical organizations.

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