Report: Oktibbeha County fire coordinator under scrutiny

Kirk Rosenhan

Could Oktibbeha County see a new fire coordinator?

Posted: Jan. 3, 2018 10:01 AM
Updated: Jan. 3, 2018 10:01 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – Current Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan is under scrutiny for what some are calling a lack of commitment to his position.

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The Starkville Daily News reports the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will host a round of interviews at its next meeting to determine who will serve as the next coordinator. Rosenhan could be one of those interviewees.

He has served in the position since October 1988, when it was first mandated by the state.

This scrutiny comes from District 3 Supervisors Marvell Howard who brought the discussion of the position to the board, which sparked the evaluation of Rosenhan’s performance.

The newspaper reports Howard called a meeting several months ago with the county’s fire chiefs, Rosenhan and training officers. During that meeting, Howard said he asked Rosenhan to provide a comprehensive plan to highlight current and future plans.

Howard says he has yet to see anything. He also mentioned the county fire station ratings could have improved if the “right paperwork had been filed.”

Rosenhan told the newspaper the announcement came as a complete surprise to him.

In defense, Rosenhan said he understands Howard’s disappointment about fire ratings and that he has been working on them for a long time. He stated recruitment and not having the right amount of people the rating bureau requires is keeping the ratings from improving.

“I can assure everybody I certainly am continued to be interested in the fire service and in the job,” Rosenhan told the Starkville Daily News.

However, Rosenhan said he is unsure of his next steps since he has little information on the county’s decision. 

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