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Zillmer takes county ambulance position after salary raised

Jan 22, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Joseph Zillmer is to be Fremont County's new Ambulance Director. The Texan accepted the job Jan. 21 after the Fremont County Commission bumped up the salary offered to $63,500.

The county board made the new offer, which also includes benefits, after a 15 minute executive session and little public discussion. Commissioners Larry Allen, Stephanie Kessler and Travis Becker voted for the higher salary, and commissioners Doug Thompson and Keja Whiteman voted against it.

Zillmer, of Amarillo, Texas, contacted the Fremont County Clerk's office later that day to accept the position. He still must pass a background check before he can begin work.

Commissioners also approved Scott Bender as the new medical director for the county emergency medical service. The medical director is in charge of reviewing the ambulance service cases and approving procedures.

Bender is to start work Feb. 1 and is to receive a stipend of $1,000 dollars a month, the same as the previous medical director. The doctor who held position before is moving, interim ambulance director Todd Smith said, and Bender has prior experience as an EMS medical director.

On Jan. 14, the commission unanimously chose Zillmer for the ambulance chief position and proffered a $55,000 salary with benefits.

He and the county board negotiated over details of the offer in the following days, Allen said in an interview.

The county board interviewed Zillmer and two other men by telephone for the ambulance director job in December.

Zillmer owns and operates a medical transportation consulting company, and over the past several decades has worked as a paramedic and an EMS instructor and in leadership roles in emergency medical organizations.

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