BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The LeeComm PSAP Control Board held a closed session to discuss the performance of director Diana Fincher-Smith Thursday as part of their regular meeting which was held today at Fort Madison City Hall.
Fincher-Smith is the current Administrator of LeeComm E-911 services and was not in attendance at the meeting for the closed session or to give a report. Administrative Dispatcher Marla Hemmie gave the monthly report to the board. Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber was absent from the meeting.
Other board members include Fort Madison Fire Chief Joey Herren, Keokuk Police Chief Dave Hinton, Fort Madison Police Chief Tim Sittig, Jason Dinwiddie of the West Point Volunteer Fire Department and Gabe Rose, Keokuk Fire Chief.
According to the board’s notice of public meeting, the closed session was called to “Discuss the performance of the director in closed session as allowed in Iowa Code 21.5 (1)(i) – “To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation, and that individual requests a closed session.”
Hinton, who serves as chairman of the board, declined to comment on the situation due to it being a personnel matter.
After a brief 15-minute closed session the board reconvened and no action was taken as a result of the session.
The board also approved a five-year wage increase for Katy Blindt from $18.73 to $18.86 per hour in accordance with the group’s current collective bargaining agreement that went into effect May 16, 2017.
During the regular meeting, Hemmie told the board she attended the Lee County Emergency Management meeting and said spring emergency management exercises are set for May 24th at the Ivor Fowler Center in Montrose.
Hemmie said she attended a CrimeStoppers meeting where fundraising and additional publicity was needed, including using their Facebook page to publicize some of the group’s successes.
Hemmie also reported that in April LeeComm handled 8,676 calls of which 1,571 were 911 calls.