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Commissioner quits in contentious meeting
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Rebuffed in his attempt to get raises for the emergency ambulance service, second-district Commissioner Joe Johnson resigned his post, slapping a letter of resignation on the county mayor’s desk at the end of the meeting.“I’m ashamed of this commission tonight,” Johnson declared as he gazed at his fellow members, irritated by their reluctance to grant raises to EMS despite the county having a $4 million fund balance. The commission passed raises for most other county employees during its meeting, leaving Johnson at a loss as to why they would overlook EMS. “You put this off another year and you’re not going to have an ambulance service,” Johnson warned as commissioners debated the question of raises. “You’re going to have three more resign tonight if there’s no raises.”