Independence for Emergency Management

File photo The Columbia County Board of Supervisors in a file photo.

HUDSON — The Columbia County Emergency Management Office will no longer be a part of the sheriff’s office.

The Columbia County Board of Supervisors exercised its weighted voting provision to pass a resolution to change the county’s Emergency Management Office from a department of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to an independent agency.

Emergency Management was a part of the Columbia County Sheriffs Office since 2011.

“We did have several meetings with the sheriff-elect,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said. “And we did have discussions to try to answer everyone’s questions. That was a month-and-a-half that we delayed this.”

The timing of the resolution coming so close to the election of new sheriff Donald Krapf drew concerns from several supervisors.

Supervisors took a roll-call vote on the resolution. Though the vote was 12-11 against making Emergency Management an independent department, the resolution passed with weighted voting which the supervisors use at its full board meetings.

Weighted voting is based on the population of each town and the city of Hudson to give each supervisor points out a total of 3,535. Using the weighted points scale, the vote was 2,191 in favor of the resolution and 1,344 against.

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