By BARBARA GREEN
During the first meeting of the new year, members of the Bowie City Council debated moving the emergency management coordinator from part-time to full-time as his duties expand.
Monday night, City Manager Bert Cunningham asked to make the change for Coordinator Kirk Higgins. The manager reported in his monthly report Higgins also was named the city’s safety officer whose primary responsibility is to go to any accident involving city personnel or equipment and make the necessary reports.
In recent years the safety officer has been undertaken by both the fire chief and police chief, who also previously handled emergency management coordinator duties when there was no paid person. During the final budget workshop last year the city manager asked to make Higgins the part-time emergency management coordinator.
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