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Commissioners defend decision to ask for review of EMS salaries

Sedgwick County commissioners Kelly Parks and Karl Peterjohn defended their decision today to ask an independent auditor to take a look at a problem county staff discovered about how EMS workers were paid.

The Eagle reported about the decision today.

Other commissioners on Tuesday expressed frustration that they were not told that Parks and Peterjohn asked for the review, for which the county expects to be billed.

Parks said it would be a “cold day down under” when he did not feel he could ask for an outside review as a public official.

Peterjohn said he and Parks did not realize there would be a charge for the review and said the county’s independent auditor had told the board several times to call anytime with questions.