LEESBURG, Ga. -- Interim Lee County Administrator Lynn Taylor confirmed Tuesday afternoon that she had scheduled an unpublicized meeting with firefighters and emergency medical technicians to discuss possible changes in their departments.
Taylor met with the county workers at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a session that also was expected to include Lee Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge.
The likely topic for the session was the consolidation of the Fire Department with the Emergency Medical Services unit, partially to increase the number of personnel available for firefighting in the county, therefore possibly lowering some insurance rates.
Taylor said the meeting, which was closed to the public and the media, was to give employees insight on what county commissioners were considering and to give them an opportunity to ask questions in private.
Muggridge said Tuesday before the meeting that he did not expect other commissioners to attend the session. If a quorum of the five commissioners were to attend, the session could constitute an illegal meeting under state law.
Muggridge said consolidation was just one issue county commissioners are considering in an effort to improve firefighting services.
Muggridge said that National Fire Services Organization, a consulting organization, is expected to be on the agenda when the commission conducts its official work session Tuesday evening.
"We're rethinking the way we do things," Muggridge said. "We've (commissioners) got lots of questions and some answers."
Muggridge said the consulting firm that is expected to be on Tuesday's agenda has done work in the area in Dougherty and Mitchell counties.
If the commission consolidates fire and EMS services, Muggridge said employees "need to know what is coming so that they can make decisions."