Dyer, Miller out at Hardin County EMS

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Landmark News Service

Ira Dyer is out as director of Hardin County Emergency Medical Ser­vices after serving more than six years in county government.

Dyer submitted a verbal resignation to Judge-Executive Harry Berry on Thursday and a written resignation Friday, Berry said Tuesday afternoon following Hardin Fiscal Court’s voting meeting at H.B. Fife Courthouse.

Berry revealed Dyer’s resignation at the end of Tuesday’s meeting after Magistrate Doug Goodman asked for an update on the status of the position.

Former Emergency Management Director David Underwood has been appointed as interim director on a temporary basis while the county searches for Dyer’s replacement. Berry said it is uncertain how long it will take to find a replacement and will depend on the type of applicants the county receives.

On Wednesday, Berry confirmed that James R. "Jamie" Miller, assistant shift supervisor at Hardin County EMS, also tendered his resignation on Monday. Miller had served with duties as an executive officer and had been employed with the county since October 2000, according to Berry.

Berry revealed to The News-Enterprise last week the county opened an internal investigation of EMS after some concerns were raised about the department. He did not reveal if Dyer’s resignation was directly connected to the investigation.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Perhaps.”

When asked if Miller's resignation was linked to Dyer or the investigation, Berry did not respond.

Berry has declined to comment on the specifics of the county’s investigations or its findings. Berry also declined further comment on Dyer’s resignation Tuesday, saying it is a personnel matter. Dyer was employed by the county since September 2007, Berry said.

Underwood returns to county government after retiring last June from Hardin County Emergency Management, which he led for more than 10 years. Underwood is a veteran of the U.S. Army and spent three decades with the Elizabethtown Fire Department.

Berry said the county is waiting on the results of its standard drug screening, but Underwood should start Thursday barring any changes.