EMA board, county panel to meet Feb. 6

A joint meeting of the Huntington County Commissioners and the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency advisory board will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon at the Southside Fire Station, 1333 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Representatives of Indiana Homeland Security have also been invited to attend, says Leon Hurlburt, who scheduled the meeting. Hurlburt serves as president of the commissioners and as the commissioners' representative on the EMA advisory board.

The agenda for the meeting will include election of officers for the EMA board, approval of a job description for the EMA director, beginning the process to hire an EMA director and establishing a meeting schedule for the EMA board.

The Emergency Management Agency has been operating without a director since Brian Topp, who held that position on an interim basis, resigned in mid-2012.
Topp, formerly the deputy director, was appointed to that position after the Huntington County Commissioners declined to renew previous director Brandon Taylor's contract at the end of 2011.

The commissioners' actions prompted a lawsuit against the county by the EMA board, which has since been dismissed, and a second lawsuit filed by Taylor, which is still pending.