Commissioners to request investigator for Osceola County Commission on Aging

Earlier this month, Osceola County Commission on Aging Director Scott Schryer was removed from this at-will position. During a closed session discussion, county commissioners agreed to have an independent investigation of the COA department operations performed and they are expected to discuss submitting a request for proposal for an investigator at the board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. (Pioneer file photo)

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Osceola County commissioners are expected to have an independent investigation performed for the Commission on Aging (COA) following the removal of Scott Schryer as COA director.

Chairman Larry Emig explained the purpose of the investigation is to conduct a program review for the COA to determine how department services are functioning; however, the decision to obtain an independent investigation was made after County Coordinator Susan Vander Pol dismissed Schryer from the position of director on Nov. 5.

Emig said as county coordinator, Vander Pol oversees appointed department heads, such as the COA director.

He added during a closed session following the Osceola County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole meeting on Nov. 6, Vander Pol explained her reasoning behind firing Schryer, who was an at-will employee.

During the closed session, Schryer also had an opportunity to speak with the board, Emig said.

Vander Pol declined to comment on the reasoning for removing Schryer from the position, but Emig said there was no illegal activity involved.

Emig said an investigator has not been approved at this time, but they are hoping to have the review of the department performed “sooner rather than later.”

He added after the investigation is complete, the board will determine whether to reinstate Schryer to the position of COA director or to begin the process of hiring a new director.

In accordance with past county practices, Vander Pol is serving as COA director in the interim.

She said the services available for area seniors through the COA have not been impacted.

“They have a really good staff over there and good leaders for the programs,” Vander Pol said.

Emig said in addition to the investigation of COA department operations, there also will be a review of the county EMS department.

“It’s just to review from the outside the services we provide,” he said.

Vander Pol said commissioners are expected to discuss submitting a request for proposal for an investigator at the board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

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