County merges Transit and EMS into one department

May. 02, 2013 @ 04:39 PM

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services and Transit have been combined into one new department.

The change eliminates the position of EMS Director Richard Pettus. He was told of the change Thursday.

Rutherford County Manager Carl Classen said that the new department — known as Transportation Services — will begin immediately and Transit Director Kerry Giles has been named the new Transportation Services Director.

Classen said that Terry Baynard will serve as operations manager for EMS while Jeff Hill will be operations manager for Transit.

"We are facing, as everyone knows, very tough economic times," Classen said. "It was clear that as we were going through the budget, that we needed to make some changes."

Classen said that the primary reason for the change is to combine "back-office" operations such as billing and collections under one umbrella.