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January 14, 2014

Commissioners appoint MESTA board members

PRYOR, OK — The Mayes County Commissioners each made an appointment to the Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority board at the meeting Monday.

Commissioner Alva Martin reappointed Trent Pepper while commissioner Ryan Ball reappointed Rob Foreman. Commissioner Darrell Yoder appointed a new face to the MESTA board, Matt Penderson.

“Matt worked at MESTA for five or so years. He's a Tulsa firefighter and a Peggs volunteer firefighter. He's an emergency management volunteer, he wants to be involved in the community,” said Yoder. “Thank you for your willingness to serve.”

MESTA will undergo some staffing changes as well, following the commissioners vote to remove the Mayes County 911 Center from the direction of MESTA.

The commissioners hired Debbie Pennypacker as the new 911 Center Director.

“Who she is replacing is MESTA as a whole, no one person wore the hat of director,” said Rick Langkamp, MESTA director, outside the meeting. “There's no simple way to say whether she's replacing me or Brandon [Hawkins].”

Hawkins, according to Langkamp, will take on a new role after Pennypacker takes over the responsiblity for 911.

“Brandon will be more into the operation side of things with MESTA. He has been with MESTA for about 14 years and will oversee our chair in the center. But essentially, his job will change from dealing with lot of our mapping, to billing,” said Langkamp, who recently announced three individuals currently employed by MESTA will be laid off.

Hawkins will be handling changes in billing caused by implementation of he Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to Langkamp.

“The need for Brandon's role was already there, so I didn't create him a job. Obamacare is creating a lot of havoc in collections and billing for MESTA. Because of those changes there are more hurdles to jump through,” Langkamp said.

He said MESTA collections average $172,000 per month but have seen a $30,000 per month drop. Collections for December, Langkamp said, were approximately $142,000, but there was no drop in the number of ambulance runs made.

“We need to get our numbers back up, but I didn't create the job. It just opened up and the times worked out,” said Langkamp.


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