Smith named interim director of Fremont County’s ambulance services

Todd Smith was named the Interim Director of the Fremont County Emergency Medicial Serivces Division by the county commissioners Tuesday. The EMS liaison from the board is Commissioner Larry Allen of Lysite, right.  (Ernie Over photo) 

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Commissioners Tuesday morning officially accepted the resignation of Lauri Wempen as the county’s Emergency Medical Services director and installed Todd Smith as the interim director. The commission also directed Smith to retain the current management structure of the EMS service, to maintain supervisors in Riverton and Lander to support the captains in each city. The board also agreed that they would begin advertising for a new director, but wanted to have a work session on the EMS Division to work out other interim organizational and management details.

Wempen has led the EMS Division for the past 15 years, but turned in her resignation last week in frustration over this year’s budgeting process.

Smith said he would agree to be the interim director only, and that “he would ask the staff who would be willing to fill the role of supervisors, also on an interim basis.” Complicating the matter is Smith’s absence for two weeks at the end of this month and the resignation of the Riverton supervisor, who agreed to stay on in a part time capacity as needed to help with training.

Chairman Doug Thompson said the operations of the ambulance service “need to be stabilized until the director’s position is filled and then we can see what kind of structure we want to have.”

The commission’s liaison to the EMS Division, Larry Allen, said he is worried that the commission would be in “shell shock” when they find what a new director may require as a salary. “It could be almost double what we’ve been paying Lauri,” he said. “We need to have stability with all the ambulance people now so they know what direction we’re going. I’d like a long-term permanent solution.”