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NRAD hires new executive director
June 1 will mark a changing of the guard at the Northland Regional Ambulance District as current assistant director, Scott Roy, steps in to replace outgoing executive director Tom Taylor, who is retiring.
, meanwhile, said he
is looking forward to pursuing his
passion for photography and has recently moved into a new home in his
native St. Joseph.
Following a 22-year career in management with the emergency medical service in Raytown, he
reflected upon nearly six years as executive director for NRAD
and, crediting the organization's board, staff and leaders, said that one of the highlights has been the new addition to the building in Platte City, which now offers a multipurpose room for board meetings and community education.
Upgrading the fleet of ambulances was another, he
said, as well as the development of a community education program and the recent installation of the Missouri LAGERS (Local Government Employees Retirement System) retirement program for employees.
"I don't think I did one thing up here by myself," said Taylor
"Any good organization is run because you've got good people that are backing you up and supporting your ideas and your programs and so forth."
Taylor said he is looking forward to "being a retired guy and doing my photography and being back home with all my family," but will remember working for NRAD as a positive experience.
"This is a really good organization," he
Tom Taylor, director for the ...
Tom Taylor, director for the ambulance district, said the new facility would more centralize the northern station's location.
The lease at the Dearborn station does not expire until February of 2013, Taylor said.
Taylor, NRAD's managing director, said the district has budgeted $318,000 to build the new station at Camden Point.
"It's gonna be a one-bay station.
We'll probably have storage in there, a small kitchen, driveway, a drive-through bay with back door and front door on the garage.
It's not going to be like the larger stations we have at Platte City and Smithville," Taylor
said the goal is to get the district's northern-most station "more centralized."
"At Dearborn, we're sitting just a mile from another district," he
The move to Camden Point would allow the district to respond quicker to the area "where most calls are," Taylor
I think he
already has the lion's share of it done," Taylor
A survey is being done on the property to determine the exact property lines, Taylor
The purchase price of that property was $81,500, Taylor
inciated the district has no immediate plans to build a facility at that location.
There are periods of time when a district ambulance has to "sit" in Hoover
when the district is down to one ambulance in service due to others being out on calls.
The remaining available ambulance is then temporarily moved to Hoover
to give it a centralized location should another call come in.
At present time under those circumstances, the ambulance is parked near the Hoover Christian Church
has 21 full time employees, which includes Taylor
and two other office staff members.
Director: Tom Taylor
Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council - Platte City, Missouri
PO Box 1002
1000 Platte Falls Road
Platte City, MO 64079
Between the Lines by Ivan Foley
Additionally, after Rawlings' formal bid, Rawlings directed Tom Taylor (NRAD director) via email to reply to another potential bidder that NRAD already has "a contract on (the) ground" and that NRAD "won't be needing any more" bids.
This statement by the investigator seems to indicate Rawlings made the decision on a deadline after his proposal was already in and communicated that deadline to Taylor
As you'll see in this issue, Tom Taylor, executive director of the Northland Regional Ambulance District, has submitted his resignation, indicating he'll retire in June.
, you'll recall, less than a year ago was all over the local and regional news--the Kansas City television news channels were all over it-after The Landmark
reported the district had paid what appraisers told us was an extremely inflated price for land near Camden Point from the president of the NRAD
board of directors.
paid $175,000 for three acres of land owned by its board president, who had owned the property less than a year while it was common knowledge the district had been looking at property in that area for two years.
The Missouri Ethics Commission
was made aware of the situation and an investigation ensued.
A patron appeared at an NRAD board meeting and referred to the board of directors as "a bunch of crooks.
So, during the course of my phone interview with Taylor
, I asked him if the public controversy surrounding that transaction had anything to do with his
decision to step away.
My question sent Taylor
, though relatively soft-spoken he
was, into flip-out mode.
"It has absolutely nothing to do with that," said Taylor
, as he
slowly grew irritated.
"I can't believe you asked me that question," he
said at the beginning of a rant, a remark he
made more than once after his
feathers had been ruffled.
My response to his
reaction went like this: "Really?
You can't believe that question was asked?
If you're serious, that's a sign you are out of touch with the community."
then rambled on a bit longer, something about how he
and I have a difference of opinion on the topic of that controversial land buy (note: the wording of my question did not include an opinion, it was a fact-based question that I knew was going to be on the minds of everyone reading the article).
then hinted that in his
opinion the reporting about that land deal was overblown.
attitude seemed to be that, in his
opinion, a majority of the public really doesn't care.