Jon Ketcham, chairman of the Corsicana Civil Service Commission, which oversees police and fire employment issues, was named the interim Civil Service Director Thursday at the regular commission meeting.

He seconded and voted on his own appointment, since George Aldama wasn’t able to attend the meeting Thursday. The commission only has three members.

His principal duties will be to review the work done by the city staff, Ketcham said.

The appointment was necessary because Stephanie Carroll, the city’s human resources director, who also acts as the civil service director, has resigned to go to work for the power plant, Big Brown, in Freestone County. Carroll already lives in Freestone County.

“I think you’ve done a fantastic job, and best of luck,” Commissioner Larry Morrison told Carroll.

“Stephanie definitely will be missed,” Ketcham said.

Besides accepting Carroll’s resignation, and appointing Ketcham, the commissioners also heard a report about the state of the police and fire departments.

The fire department has six openings, and is reviewing backgrounds from the last entry level exam. The police department has seven openings and eight applicants are going through background checks.


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