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Changes to the Fire and EMS Commission

The Board of Supervisors meeting starts soon–3 p.m. in the board chambers of the Holbert Building. On the agenda: a work session on using existing plans for mixed use neighborhoods as the county’s designated urban development areas, boosting the farmers market and supporting the current ban on Sunday hunting.

In the consent agenda, supervisors are also slated to appoint new members to the Fire and EMS Commission. The terms of three commission members and two alternates expired July 1. Jason Irby will be reappointed to represent career firefighters and Steven Cooper would continue as his alternate.

Chairman Fred Messing, who served as one of the citizen representatives, will be replaced by Ernest Bartosh, a security specialist with the Department of Commerce. Bartosh applied to be a citizen representative on the commission.

Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue representative Kevin Dillard decided not to seek another term, and he will be replaced by Eric Lasky, one of the department’s assistant chiefs.

Lasky’s alternate will be Johnny Leach, another assistant chief.

Dillard serves as the department’s public information officer and, as such, is a familiar name to many. He has been quoted often as the department has faced quite a few struggles in the past year or so–a fatal fire which sparked public outcry and four former or current members who had been charged with crimes of a sexual nature.

In his letter announcing that he won’t seek another term, Dillard wrote:

“Having served on the Spotsylvania Fire & EMS Commission since its inception in 1999, I have decided not to seek reappointment on the Commission…Over the years I have served in numerous leadership positions on the Commission, including Chairman for two terms and currently Vice Chairman. The progress made to protect our citizens and the cooperative spirit of the combined Fire and EMS system has been significant and I have honored to be a part of the growth process.”