Highland News Leader

Highland EMS director resigns

The head of Highland’s emergency medical services has resigned.

Gary Crosby submitted his resignation on Thursday of last week.

Crosby started to work at Highland EMS as a volunteer in 1996, and was named the city’s full-time EMS director in 1999.

Tim Rusteberg will take over the daily operations of the Highland EMS until a replacement is found, City Manager Mark Latham said.

The Highland EMS department is comprised of 12 full-time paramedics and about a dozen part-time personnel.

Crosby could not be reached for comment.

Latham and Highland Police Chief Terry Bell declined to comment on why Crosby resigned.

“It’s a private issue, and I will leave it at that,” Bell said. “But, I know Gary has always has had the city’s best interest at heart.”

Crosby’s resignation follows Steve Durbin’s resignation as the EMS department’s full-time Daily Operation’s Manager earlier this winter.

Durbin accepted a new job as a firefighter/paramedic for Kurtz Industrial Fire Service for Phillips 66 at Wood River Refinery in December.

Durbin’s position still has not been filled by the city. The city has already ran an advertisement, seeking his replacement. But the city did not receive too many applicants, Bell said.

Bell said he is planning to meet with city leaders to discuss both EMS vacancies soon.

He hopes the city can fill at least one of these positions, shortly, he said. He said both jobs are very demanding.

Bell said the city might also want to consider reorganizing the EMS department in lieu of the resignations.

“We have have to look at the bigger picture,” he said.

In addition to the city, Highland EMS also provides ambulance service, under contract, to the Highland-Pierron, Grantfork, Marine, St. Jacob and St. Rose fire districts.