Greenville Co. Council ‘confident’ in administrator’s leadership amid EMS concerns


GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC – Greenville County Council got a first look at County Administrator Joseph Kernell’s employment contract Thursday in a special-called meeting, after mounting concerns were raised over how Kernell was handling alleged leadership failures in EMS. 


County Council members were given a copy of the contract during an hour and a half long executive session.


Read a copy of Kernell’s employment contract below:


Upon returning to a public meeting, County Council took a unanimous vote of confidence in Kernell.


According to County Councilman Rick Roberts, the vote came before any council members got a chance to fully review the contract.


“I would have loved to have had it earlier quite honestly, and I asked for it so we could review it and maybe have questions available, but at this point I’m ready to put it behind us,” Roberts said after the meeting.


Roberts said that the vote was intended to show confidence in Kernell’s ability to handle problems at Greenville County EMS that have been uncovered in 7News’ Reports over the weeks.


He added that County Council will eventually read the contract and give Kernell a performance review, after concerns were raised that he hadn’t received one in years.

“By the time I think our conversations were done, I think there was a consensus that we do have to have some formalized evaluation.”
Kernell, who oversee’s the EMS administration, was thrust into the spotlight over how he was handling mounting problems within the agency.
Several EMS employee’s have come to 7News anonymously, blaming Kernell as the root of alleged leadership failures.
“They understand the issue, but they understand it from their perspective and he’s looking at it from a total different perspective,” explained County Councilman Lynn Ballard.
When 7 News asked Councilman Roberts how County Council could take a confidence vote as others pointed fingers, he said he believed Kernell was being transparent about the situation.
“I think through our evaluation process that we’re going to do, we’ll find that out. But I will tell you, I think what was laid out today showed a lot of transparency so some of those feeling that he is the problem – hopefully that perception will change,” said Roberts.
Kernell declined to comment Thursday after the meeting, but did tell County Council that his goal is to create a clear vision to employees about the future of EMS, and that he intends to improve communication between administration and field staff.
For more on his proposal to County Council, click below:

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