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Embattled EMS director resigns

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County management revealed, via email, that the county's emergency services director has resigned.

Jeff Lewis tendered his resignation with intent to retire, effective on Nov. 20.

The email was sent out on Nov. 22.

County Manager Angela Harris had already left for the weekend by 3 p.m.

Attempts to reach her via cell phone were not successful.

It was not immediately clear what brought about Lewis' decision to resign or the 30-day suspension that preceded it.

On Oct. 23, Harris placed Lewis on paid leave, but would not reveal the reason for the decision, whether it was criminal, civil or administratively motivated.

Lewis was installed as the county's emergency services director in February 2013.

He began his career in Franklin County in 2007 as a paramedic, moving his way up to management, serving as operations manager before becoming director.

The director and the department coordinates first response in Franklin County, among many other duties.

Training Coordinator Jeff Bright has been put in charge in Lewis' absence.

Plans for the transition will be forthcoming, according to the county's statement.

Immediate attempts to contact Lewis were not successful.

Lewis' departure is part of a cluster of changes in leadership for Franklin County.

At the time that Lewis was placed on leave, Department of Aging Senior Services Program Manager Mattie Woodard tendered her resignation on Oct. 23 -- effective immediately.

Woodard had been in charge of the county's Department on Aging since November 2009. She was hired in July 1987 as an administrative assistant.

Assistant County Manager Kim Denton is currently in charge of the Department of Aging, Harris said.

A week before Woodard's resignation, then-Solid Waste Director Brian Haynesworth tendered his resignation.

He left to take a recycling leadership job in Savannah, Ga.

His last day with the county was Nov. 15

Former solid waste director John Faulkner was brought back to serve in the leadership position on an interim basis.

The county is actively looking for permanent hires in both the department of aging and solid waste.

The closing date for accepting applications for the solid waste position was Nov. 22.

The deadline for applications for the senior services post is Dec. 6.


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Members Opinions:
November 28, 2019 at 9:09am
This was long over due. Lewis did everything to kill the morale and degrade his employees. He was an embarrassment to the county.



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