HARDIN CO. AMBULANCE SERVICE TO BE UP FOR BIDS
On that date, the entire service, all the equipment, what rigs there are, etc., will be going up for bids. This, we’re being told, is simply because the county “can’t afford to keep it running” anymore.
Those who have faithfully read our coverage of this increasingly-bad situation will remember that we predicted this crap more than a year ago when we learned that now-dead Ed (Conkle, former Ambulance Service director as well as Elizabethtown town marshal and E-town fire chief, none of which jobs he should have been allowed to hold but certainly not in conjunction with each other) had his hands into all kinds of the ambulance’s finances, including making bizarre payments to “favored” employees basically for nothing, having multiple bank accounts in the ambulance’s name, and possessing and using (and allowing “favored” others to use) credit cards also in the service’s name.
Rather than having a full forensic audit to see where the wrongs could be rectified, and perhaps file something against the estate of Conkle, who died in December 2011 after prolonged illnesses (just more reasons why he should NEVER have been in charge of so many publicly-supported entities in the county), the county board has decided to dump the service to the highest bidder. What a message to send to the hardworking taxpayers of Hardin: no one will be responsible for the mismanagement and egregious loss of funds the service experienced at the hand of Conkle. Likely because county board chairman Wayne Eichorn was right in there with him, supporting dead Ed at every turn, and since Eichorn is in charge of such decisions, hey, what a way to cover tracks, right?
More on it hopefully in the print version, on stands beginning next Monday; if not, we’ll update here on the site, just keep checking back, and don’t forget to renew your print version subscriptions (you have until Monday morning) and of course you can always subscribe to the online version, which will give you full versions of articles that are printed in the newsmagazine.
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