The chairman of the Pawnee County Commissioners has confirmed Mark Randell no longer is the Pawnee County emergency manager.

 Commissioner Dale Carter said Randell’s resignation was accepted on Jan. 6.

 Randell announced the news himself on the Facebook page attributed to the emergency manager’s office.

 A Jan. 8 Facebook post from Randell said, “At the request of the county commissioners, I have [resigned] as emergency management director. I would like to thank you for your support over the last ten years.”

 Carter confirmed it that same day, but said he’d rather not comment on decisions and reasons behind the move since it includes personnel matters.

 “We’re just looking forward,” he said.

 Carter said he quickly notified leaders of COEDD (rural fire defense program) to let them know Pawnee County is without a full-time emergency manager but commissioners have opened the process to hire a replacement.

 In the meantime, Carter said, the on-scene fire chief will take command of emergency situations.

 “Which is really the way it should work anyway,” Carter said.

 You can find information on the qualifications and how to apply for the position by reading the county’s classified ad on page 8.

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