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Report: Oktibbeha County fire coordinator under scrutiny

Kirk Rosenhan

Could Oktibbeha County see a new fire coordinator?

Posted: 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. )

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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