Delaware County’s Emergency Medical Services department has a new second in command.
The Delaware County commissioners this week approved the promotion of Eric Burgess to the position of assistant chief.
“We’re looking forward to what lies ahead this year,” Burgess said.
Burgess spent the last three years as an administrative captain in the department. He fills the position vacated by current Chief Mike Schuiling.
“The competition for that position was very strong,” Schuiling said, adding that Burgess was unanimously selected by the committee put together to interview candidates.
As administrative captain, Burgess has been in charge of training in the department.
“I just think we are moving forward with very strong leadership,” Delaware County Administrator Tim Hansley said.
In other business, the commissioners approved a contract between the Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) for a school resource officer at the joint vocational school.
“I think our partnership with the schools is very strong and I think we’ll continue our relationship as long as it seems to serve the purpose of what we are trying to do, which is provide a safer environment for the schools,” Capt. Scott Vance said.
The DACC and the DCSO will split the cost of posting an officer in the school. Each entity will pay about $48,000.