Nehmer elected chairman of the board

January 3, 2019

By John Raffel

The Osceola County Board of Commissioners have gone to Marion to pick their new chairperson.

Jack Nehmer was elected at Wednesday’s board reorganizational meeting by a 4-3 vote to be the new chair over Larry Emig, who had been in that spot.

It’s a two-year term.

“I was a little surprised,” Nehmer said on Wednesday night. “I had been forewarned by a couple of days. Somebody called and asked me if I was nominated if I’d be interested in taking it.”

Nehmer had expressed his interest and was nominated and elected.

“I want to make sure we get the reviews done that we’ve been trying to get done for the EMS situation and as well as for the COA (Commission on Aging),” Nehmer said. “We want to get them off the table and get those two issues resolved one way or another.”

There has been contentious debate in recent weeks on reviewing the COA, which doesn’t have a director after the firing of Scott Schryer, and the EMS, whose director Jeremy Beebe has been receiving some criticism.

As chairperson, Nehmer expects to have more of a say about various agenda items.

“There should have been an EMS review started in October,” he said. “From the information I received, the one we gave the bid to we found out later the president of that company had died and his partner was never forwarded (the information) to handle the bid. Hopefully we’ll get that taken care of.”
Nehmer is also hopeful of a COA review.

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