Former long-time St. Francois County Ambulance District Board of Directors member Al Sullivan will be working as a contracted advisor for the district at an annual compensation of $1 according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon by the district.
At the board’s April 24 meeting, Sullivan was recognized upon his retirement from the board after 24 years of service. With word of Sullivan’s impending retirement, there had been discussion about the ambulance district hiring him in an advisory capacity due to his years of board experience.
Sullivan was appointed to the board from October of 1977-78, following the resignation of Jim Smith. In 1979 he served as recording secretary for the board, and from May of 1979-1982, he replaced Earnest Pinkston on the board following his resignation.
Later in the meeting, however, newly elected SFCAD board member Stan Souden questioned Sullivan’s eligibility for employment since he hasn’t been off the board for at least a year.
According to minutes from the meeting, Souden voiced his concern that the ambulance district would be in violation of RsMO 190.055 (6) if Sullivan were to be made an employee at that time. To clarify the situation, the board decided to contact the ambulance district’s attorney to clarify the issue.
In its statement, the ambulance district stated, “The issue was never about compensation, but rather to have a formal agreement between the parties. The board’s attorney stated that an agreement was not necessary and that Sullivan could be retained as a volunteer advisor to the board.”
Sullivan agreed with the board, saying, “It was never about compensation — either $1 per year or $0 per year. It was to have a formal agreement in place. In the last 30 or 40 years, most of my work in the community has been on a volunteer basis.”
Sullivan is currently chairing the board’s negotiation committee as it relates to the local union contract, or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). According to the board statement, the MOU agreement expired Dec. 31 of last year and the ambulance district has been operating without a contract ever since.