NORTHWOOD, Iowa - Worth and Mitchell Counties are one step closer to having completely separate emergency management services.
Earlier this year, the safety commission began the process of separating the two counties by looking for a full-time Emergency Management Director for Worth County, ending an 11-year agreement that began in July 2007.
Mark Tomlinson officially took that position on July 1st of this year, and says the separation is already off to a good start, though there were two recent incidents.
"We had the house fire over north of Fertile probably in the first week I was here, and then we had the gas leak [in Northwood] shortly after that. Turned out to be minor, luckily there were no damages or injuries or anything like that."
He did take the gas leak as a learning experience for him, as well as others involved.
"Just a good little learning tool for me and the people in that area, practicing their plans."
The vote to officially terminate the agreement was intended for Monday morning's meeting, however it was tabled to the next Board of Supervisors meeting next Monday.