I would like to take this moment to share some personal thoughts in regard to the recent headline stories of the Sentinel regarding the Morrow County EMS contract.
I find irony in the current cries of ‘foul’ in regard to the procedural handling and the transparency of the bidding process for these services. I remember that it was only a few years ago that disregard for procedural handling, the lack of transparency and fiscal accountability spawned an investigation resulting in the criminal prosecution and ultimately the conviction of at least one individual on the Morrow County EMS payroll. I have a hard copy of the search warrant affidavit presented before Judge Howard Hall that was dated Oct. 28, 2010, this document can be found online using the search criteria “Olen Jackson Affidavit.”
One only need an opportunity to read that document to understand why transparency and procedure were the goal of our commissioners as they set out to expose this service contract to a free and open competitive market. I am confident that our commissioners will handle this situation appropriately from here forward and that the initial publicly stated goals will be achieved.
I’m not at all concerned with keeping the current service provider. I have been present and observant throughout the previously held sessions and presentations. One thing that became incredibly obvious to me was that bidding in an open and competitive market was not something that the current provider was accustomed to. My only hope as we begin this process from scratch is that a greater pool of competitors are notified and submit bids to provide this service.
In regard to the defamatory and negative social media comments regarding Commissioner Miller, I disagree. Commissioner Miller has always been honest and forthright in my conversations with him. I believe him to be an honorable person with honorable intentions, and I would not hesitate to vote for him again.
Darin Seiber, Canaan Township