05/26/06 — Duplin EMS director resigns his post

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Duplin EMS director resigns his post

By Turner Walston
Published in News on May 26, 2006 1:52 PM

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Emergency Medical Services Director Curtis Brock has resigned, and District Attorney Dewey Hudson is reviewing possible evidence of antitrust violations involving the county's emergency services contracts in the county.

An investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation involving county EMS contracts has been completed, according to a statement released Wednesday by Hudson's office.

Hudson is consulting with the state Attorney General's Office on "antitrust violations and possible civil implications." Hudson expects to make a decision by June 2 on whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with the investigation, the statement said.

Brock had been earlier placed on administrative leave, said Melissa Kennedy, a legal assistant with the County Attorney's office.

County Commissioner Larry Howard and interim County Manager Judy Brown confirmed Brock's resignation.

In March, Brock and then County Manager Fred Eldridge made a presentation at a meeting of county commissioners, suggesting that Duplin County EMS begin non-emergency and inter-facility transports in order to increase revenue.

At the time, commissioners approved a motion by Commissioner Reginald Wells, who suggested tabling the idea until budget time.