(MARIETTA, OH) - As we’ve previously reported, the Washington County Sheriff’s office is seeking to transfer control of the Emergency Management Agency from the Board of Commissioners to the Sheriff’s Department, but the talks have been tabled for the past two weeks on the commissioners’ agenda.
Under this proposal, current EMA director Jeff Lauer would remain in his position.
Commissioner David White says the transfer discussion has remained on the table while the sheriff’s department weighs its options. He says that’s kept the commissioners waiting.
“We haven’t made any progress in a formal meeting with the groups involved so they can give us their input,” he says.
“Some of those groups have met among themselves, but we have not had a chance to get their information.”
White also says transferring EMA control over to the sheriff’s department is not a scenario that is unique to Washington County. He says he believes the concept of the transfer started with the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association.
“Guernsey County has already done it, and they’ve told me they’re happy with the results,” White says.
White also says he believes the sheriff’s department would like to see the transfer happen, although he can’t confirm that since no further discussions have taken place.
Until the Board of Commissioners holds a formal meeting with the sheriff’s office, the discussion will remain in the “old business” section of the agenda.
WMOA News will, however, keep you updated as more information becomes available.