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County Manager Karen Hawes

   


Demographics 
  • Hired 1985
  • Appointed to County Manager in 2009 following the termination of the former County Manager.
  • Salary $170,000
Responsibilities / Activities 
  • Oversees all county staff departments under the BoCC
  • Member of executive management team that organized to shutdown MEDSTAR
Contact
  • haweskb@leegov.om
  • 239-533-2221



Public Safety Director John Wilson

 Demographics
Responsibilities / Activities 
  • Oversees all departments under the Division of Public Safety
  • Member of executive management team that organized to shutdown MEDSTAR
Contact
  • wilsonjd@leegov.om
  • 239-533-3905



Deputy Director/ Chief Kim Dickerson

 
   
   


Demographic
  • Prior Lieutenant with EMS, left to work for Edison Community College.
  • Returned to EMS on 07/21/2005 as Deputy Chief of Operations
  • Salary $87,475.70 (News-Press, 2008)
Education
Responsibilities / Activities 
  • Second in the chain of command under Director Wilson for the Division of Public Safety
  • Department Manager/ Chief over EMS
  • Member of executive management team that organized to shutdown MEDSTAR 
Contact
  • kdickerson@leegov.com
  • 239-533-3961



Deputy Chief Operations Scott Tuttle

 
Tuttle
Background
  • Hired 06/27/1985
  • Salary $82,844.58 (News-Press, 2008)
Education
Responsibilities / Activities 
  • Equal in chain of command under Chief Dickerson with Deputy Chief of Training and Aviation Director of Operations
  • Oversees all of ground ambulance operations
  • Member of executive management team that organized to shutdown MEDSTAR 
Contact
  • tuttlesm@leegov.com
  • 239-533-3916


Deputy Chief Training Warren Panem

 
Panem
 Background
  • Prior paramedic for Lee County EMS, left to work at then Edison Community College.
  • Rehired into a supervisor position 12/2005.
  • Salary 78,203.58, Overtime  $12,008.44 (News-Press, 2008).  *Does not reflect salary when promoted to Deputy Chief.
Education
Responsibilities / Activities 
  • Equal in chain of command under Chief Dickerson with Deputy Chief of Operations and Aviation Director of Operations
  • Oversees all of training and quality assurance under organization Medical Director.
  • Member of executive management team that organized to shutdown MEDSTAR.
Contact
  • wpanem@leegov.com
  • 239-533-3974


Captain Quality Assurance Everett Scott

 
Scott
 Background
  • Hired 12/04/2008
  • Promoted from road paramedic direct to Captain of Quality Assurance 05/2010.
Education
  • BS.  Unsubstantiated claim received that he was terminated from Edison State College for not having an accredited degree.
Responsibilities / Activities 
  • Oversees department wide quality assurance and recommends improvement to Deputy Chief of Training (his supervisor)
  • Conducted the "investigation" that led to Pilot McAllister's three month paid suspension.  During this investigation key evidence that would have served in Pilot McAllister's favor was "unavailable" at multiple requests.
Contact
  • escott@leegov.com
  • 239-533-3917


Lieutenant MEDSTAR Operations Michael Hamel

 
Hame
 Demographics
  • Hired 07/23/2003
  • Appointed to MEDSTAR Supervisor 10/2006
  • Salary $66,045.46, Overtime  $8,887.29, Bonus $2,226.57 (helicopter billing/ data collections)  (News-Press, 2008)
Education
  • Some College
Responsibilities / Activities 
  • Supervises MEDSTAR clinical and non-aviation operations
  • Directed all helicopter billing and data collection practices at MEDSTAR from 2006-present
  • New position created for Lt. Hamel under Training/ Quality Assurance since the MEDSTAR shutdown.
Contact
  • mhamel@leegov.com
  • 239-533-7822


Lee Memorial Transfer Center Director Andrea Snyder

 
 Demographics 
  • Retired Chief Flight Nurse from Philadelphia, PA
  • Former supervisor to MEDSTAR Supervisor Lt. Michael Hamel in Philadelphia, PA
  • Employee of Lee Memorial Health System
Education 
  • ASN
Responsibilities/ Activities
  • Started and currently manages the LMH Transfer Center which coordinates all patient movements into and out of the health system.
  • Had administrator level access to MEDSTAR's electronic medical records and billing system (emsCharts) from 2007 to 2011
  • Has a master key to the MEDSTAR facility that allows her access to every door including the FAA restricted airport ramp
  • Office is located in the MEDSTAR hangar next to MEDSTAR Lt. Michael Hamel
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