County refuses to renew contract
Maley worked at EMS since ‘77
Leavenworth County commissioners voted Thursday against renewing the contract of longtime Emergency Medical Services director Irene Maley.
Maley has been director of the Leavenworth County EMS since 1997 and she has worked in the department since 1977.
As an appointed official, Maley's contract was up for annual renewal. According to the county's department of human resources, her most recent salary was $60,415.
The commissioners appointed Jamie Miller, who was deputy EMS director, as interim director. Miller has worked in the department since 1996.
On Monday, Commissioner Dean Oroke, Tonganoxie, said commissioners thought "it would be in the best interest of Leavenworth County if we had new management."
Oroke said in the past three years EMS has had an employee turnover rate of 300 percent.
"We just feel that with that amount of turnover, it is in the best interest of the county to have other management," Oroke said.
He noted her longevity with the department, and said there was no controversy that drove commissioners to let Maley go.
"It's just that over a period of time, things change," Oroke said.
Oroke said the county is taking applications for the director's job, and he noted that Miller is welcome to apply.
"We hope to have somebody on within 60 days from now," Oroke said.