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Hudson EMS director resigns; fire chief takes place in interim

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: March 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Hudson -- Interim City Manager Scott Schroyer on March 11 accepted the resignation of Bruce Graham, effective March 8. City Council, in a special meeting March 11, unanimously agreed to accept a "mutually agreed upon separation agreement."

Schroyer and Council members declined to comment. No information was given for the reason of his resignation.

In his letter of resignation, Graham stated, "Per your request I hereby tender my resignation as EMS Director for the City of Hudson effective March 8, 2014."

Graham joined Hudson EMS as operations manager in 2003 and was promoted to EMS director in 2006. His 2014 salary was $102,252.

In the interim, Schroyer appointed Fire Chief Jerry Varnes as acting EMS director. Varnes spent 19 years on Hudson EMS from 1980 through 1999 and will have temporary administrative oversight, according to Communications Manager Jody Roberts. Varnes was chief medic from 1996 to 1999.

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Varnes joined the Hudson Fire Department in 1978, Roberts said. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1992 and became assistant fire chief in 2002. He became fire chief in 2013.

EMS Operations Manager Larry Nichols will continue in his position to manage the day-to-day operations, Roberts said.

The city plans to search for an EMS director in the near future, Roberts said.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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