BECKLEY – A long-time figure in Raleigh
County emergency services will soon be without a job.
Kevin Taylor is a 33-year veteran of Beckley
Emergency Services. His role includes aiding and enhancing preparedness
throughout the city.
Taylor says his job is being terminated by
the city as it works to reduce the budget deficit.
He tells Newswatch just 30 minutes after learning
he was being let go, he was informed the city earned a grant worth more than
$7,000 that he regretfully declined due to his termination.
But Taylor says plenty was still accomplished
in his years.
“Anything from the formation of our
public-private partnership that is still ongoing; the city of Beckley was named
a "StormReady" community, which we're one of just a few within the
state,” says Taylor.
“You know, it's the relationships more than anything
that I feel good about.”
Taylor says he is grateful for the
opportunity to serve the city, will continue in his current role until March
Original story: Feb. 15
Updated: Feb. 16