The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously approved a request to hire a Senior Project Manager for Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES).
Fire Chief Paul Hasenmeier apologized for the timing and explained that HCFES did not realize the need for the position during the regular budget cycle. “Over the last couple of months, we’ve been analyzing this. We didn’t get to full comprehension of needing the position over the regular budget cycle, so I do apologize for that. We also feel that it’s appropriate to add the position, we need the help to maintain the current facilities, the old facilities, and some of the new stuff coming at us.”
The newest Fire Station, #5, located on Spring Hill Drive, will open on December 2, 2023.
Funding is available in two personnel accounts for an annual salary of $66,550 – $96,498. The Senior Project Manager will identify and manage the maintenance and repairs on HCFES facilities related to plumbing, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, and painting.
Current and future projects include three new fire stations and a logistics facility. Additionally, the new Senior Project Manager will be involved in projects for a new training facility and Emergency Operations Center (EOC).