OSCEOLA COUNTY — When Jeremy Beebe steps into the Osceola County Emergency Medical Services building today, Wednesday, he will take a step up in rank.

Beebe, who has served as assistant EMS director for two years, was appointed as interim Director effective today, by the Osceola County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting.

Former Director Ed Nettle worked his last day Tuesday before leaving to take a position as the 9-1-1 Director for the Roscommon County 9-1-1 Central Dispatch. After five years as the Osceola County EMS Director, Nettle said the decision was hard to make, but the move will place him closer to family members.

“This is my last day as your EMS director and it’s with a heavy heart that I’m here today. It’s been so fun and gone so fast,” Nettle said at Tuesday’s meeting.

Before giving his last update on the EMS department, Nettle and County Coordinator Susan VanderPol recommended Beebe be appointed as interim director with additional compensation, raising his pay to a level 14 rate of $22.22 per hour.

The position has been posted and the board will being the process of hiring a permanent director while Beebe serves as interim director. Beebe, who served the department as a paramedic before being promoted to assistant director when the position was created two years ago, also has applied for the director’s position.

In other business, the board heard from Darrell Fenstermacher, a local businessman who aims to re-open the Osceola County landfill, which has been used only as a transfer station for a number of years. After discussion of the project during public comment both at the beginning and end of the meeting, the board agreed to draft a general letter of support for the project upon Fenstermacher’s request.

The board also accepted a bid from the Kettunen Center to continue preparing meals for the Osceola County Commission on Aging senior meals program for $3.15 per meal, effective Sept. 30, when the current contract is up.

The Osceola County Board of Commissioners will meet again at 9:30 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 18, in the Board of Commissioners room at the Osceola County Courthouse. Road Commission engineer put on unpaid leave Road Commission engineer put on unpaid leave