Mike Klear and Nancy Erhart

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PUTNAM COUNTY — Following nearly two years of planning and negotiations between Putnam County and Mercy Health, the Office of Public Safety finally has a permanent home. The agency will not be moving from its location at 117 Dr. Thatye Drive in Glandorf, a property it has leased for several years. Now, however, maintenance work and planned upgrades may more easily proceed.

Operating under the Office of Public Safety and working out of the facility is the Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Heavy Rescue and Hazardous Materials (Hazmat). Recently, the Sentinel spoke with Mike Klear, Director of Public Safety and Nancy Erhart, Chief of EMS, on what this new change will mean for these agencies and their missions.

“Right now, the thought is to...

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