Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bee: North Idaho EMS Chief Fired, Will Pursue Legal Action

Posted By on Sun, May 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The chief of Bonner County's Emergency Medical Services has been kicked to the curb, but his former bosses prefer to use the term "separation."

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that county commissioners are remaining tight-lipped but confirm that Rob Wakeley was relieved of his post May 1, following a behind-closed-doors disciplinary hearing.

Prior to his dismissal, Wakeley had been placed on administrative leave in March.

The Daily Bee reports that "Wakeley has been cautioned about careless driving. Wakeley's interaction with the board on March 3 has also been cited as a contributing factor to his suspension."

Wakeley's interaction with county commissioners on March 3 became tense when Wakeley told commissioners that he had already signed a new contract for a community para-medicine program. But commissioners reminded Wakeley that commissioners needed to review contracts before they're signed.

Meanwhile, Wakeley has secured an attorney, Larry Beck, who told the Daily Bee, "For over a year now, the commissioners have tried to terminate Mr. Wakeley's employment in spite of the fact that Mr. Wakeley has helped turn Bonner County EMS into a widely respected agency of the county."

Wakeley has already indicated that he'll purse legal action against the county.

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