Lake EMS director Jerry Smith receives high evaluations for second year

Lake EMS executive director Jerry Smith is photographed at the Lake EMS station in Leesburg by Amber Riccinto / Daily Commercial

Lake EMS executive director Jerry Smith is photographed at the Lake EMS station in Leesburg by Amber Riccinto / Daily Commercial

For the second year in a row, Lake Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Jerry Smith received glowing evaluations from the Lake EMS Board of Directors.

The board praised Smith for his leadership and the performance of the organization.

“I have to say that the public seems to be very satisfied and supportive of Lake EMS and I think that our overall quality of service is outstanding,” said Commission Chairman Jimmy Conner. “Smith works well with the EMS board. He keeps us apprised of everything. There is usually no surprises.” Commissioner Welton Cadwell wrote Smith “maintains a top-notch ambulance service.”

Since 2014, Smith said he has made changes in the organization to continue to improve service. With a 7.3 percent increase in call volume and an 11 percent increase in transports, Smith has asked and received approval from the board to add two ambulances, one in the Grand Island area and the other in Clermont, at the beginning of 2016 to meet the demand for services. At the request of board, Smith will add an ambulance back in Astor in the spring of 2016.

Smith said the challenges facing EMS in the future include anticipating the level of growth in call volume and patient transports while being able to determine the financial resources to enhance the deployment model.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to service the cities and our community,” he said. “I am very proud of our staff and how they continue to perform at such high levels with increased call volumes.”

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Lake EMS Board honors Lehman, Minkoff and Sonn

Chairman Welton Cadwell thanks Barbara Lehman from the County Clerk’s Finance Office for her years of service and dedication.

Chairman Welton Cadwell (left) and Exec Director Jerry Smith (right) thank Barbara Lehman from the County Clerk’s Finance Office for her years of service and dedication.

At the beginning of their September 29, 2015 meeting, the Lake EMS Board of Directors honored three dedicated professionals who are retiring from their positions at the County and at Lake EMS soon. All three have been instrumental in the ongoing success of Lake EMS—Barbara Lehman, Sanford Minkoff, and Marilyn Sonn.

Chairman Welton Cadwell thanks County Attorney Sanford Minkoff for providing a successful legal and financial foundation for Lake-Sumter EMS and now Lake EMS.

Chairman Welton Cadwell thanks County Attorney Sanford Minkoff for providing a successful legal and financial foundation for Lake-Sumter EMS and now Lake EMS.

Chairman Welton Cadwell thanked Barbara Lehman from the County Clerk’s Finance Office and County Attorney Sanford Minkoff for their assistance and dedication over the years. Chairman Cadwell lauded them both for the work they did to provide a successful legal and financial foundation for Lake-Sumter EMS and now Lake EMS. Commissioner Conner added his thanks to Mr. Minkoff for his instrumental role during the transition from Lake-Sumter EMS to Lake EMS.

Ms. Marilyn Sonn, Lake EMS Finance Manager, was recognized for 14 years of service and honored on the occasion of her retirement.

Ms. Marilyn Sonn, Lake EMS Finance Manager, was recognized for 14 years of service and honored on the occasion of her retirement.

Ms. Marilyn Sonn, Lake EMS Finance Manager, was recognized for 14 years of service and honored on the occasion of her retirement. Mr. Smith explained that Ms. Sonn joined Lake-Sumter EMS in March of 2001 and faced the challenge of creating a Finance Department and necessary financial processes. During her tenure, she managed the department very well while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Mr. Smith thanked Ms. Sonn for the many hours she “burned the midnight oil” on work projects.

Lake EMS greatly appreciates the service of these three dedicated individuals. We wish them all much success in the next chapters of their lives.