THIS AGREEMENT, entered into by and between the COUNTY OF UNION, a body politic and cor­po­rate (here­inafter referred to as “Coun­ty”), and Bill Bowen, of 122 Willi­ford Road, Jones­boro, Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois, the Direc­tor of the Union Coun­ty Ambu­lance Ser­vice, (here­inafter referred to as “Direc­tor”).

1. Term of Office.  The term of this Agree­ment shall be for a peri­od of four (4) years, from and after June 6, 2005, and run­ning through Decem­ber 1, 2009, unless oth­er­wise ter­mi­nat­ed by the res­ig­na­tion of the Direc­tor, ter­mi­na­tion by agree­ment of the par­ties, dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of the Union Coun­ty Ambu­lance Ser­vice, or upon the removal of said Direc­tor, as pro­vid­ed by law.

2. Salary and Ben­e­fits.  The start­ing salary for the Direc­tor shall be annu­al­ly Forty-Six Thou­sand Dol­lars ($46,000.00).  For each sub­se­quent year under the terms of this agree­ment the Direc­tor shall receive an annu­al increase to be deter­mined by the major­i­ty of the­Coun­ty­Commis­sion­ers and not to be less than the min­i­mum increase received by the full time hourly employ­ees of the ambu­lance ser­vice.  This increase shall be giv­en on Decem­ber 1, the begin­ning of each fis­cal year.

The Direc­tor may be pro­vid­ed with a vehi­cle for use in his offi­cial capac­i­ty, at the dis­cre­tion of the Union Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers.  In the alter­na­tive, the Direc­tor shall be reim­bursed by the Coun­ty of Union for the use of his per­son­al vehi­cle in per­form­ing his duties as defined here­in.  Said mileage reim­burse­ment shall be in present­ly approved amount set and estab­lished by the Coun­ty of Union for its employ­ees, at the time said reim­burse­ment is sought.

Both the Coun­ty and the Direc­tor here­by agree that the Direc­tor shall receive any and all insur­ance ben­e­fits, Social Secu­ri­ty ben­e­fits, I.M.R.F. retire­ment ben­e­fits, and all oth­er ben­e­fits as are pro­vid­ed to all oth­er Union Coun­ty employees.

If at any time dur­ing the course of this con­tract or upon non-renew­al of the con­tract for the Direc­tor, said employ­ee shall revert back to the pre­vi­ous posi­tion of employ­ment with Union Coun­ty Ambu­lance and shall retain all ben­e­fits of employ­ment based on years of ser­vice includ­ing senior­i­ty and super­vi­so­ry capac­i­ty under the union contract.

3. Equip­ment and Per­son­nel.  The Coun­ty of Union shall pro­vide for the Union Coun­ty Ambu­lance Ser­vice all equip­ment and per­son­nel rea­son­ably nec­es­sary as deter­mined by the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, and upon the rec­om­men­da­tion and advice of the Ambu­lance Ser­vice Direc­tor or Assis­tant Direc­tor, con­sis­tent with the finan­cial well being of the Ambu­lance Ser­vice, with the advice and con­sent of the Direc­tor or Assis­tant Director.

4. Hours of Employ­ment.  The Direc­tor shall be con­sid­ered to be a full-time employ­ee of the Coun­ty and shall be required to devote a suf­fi­cient num­ber of hours per week to sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly per­form his duties as described herein.

5.  Vaca­tion, Sick Leave and Hol­i­days.  The Direc­tor shall be enti­tled to the following:

(a)  Vaca­tion Time.  The Direc­tor shall receive four (4) weeks vaca­tion time per year.  A max­i­mum of two (2) weeks unused vaca­tion time will be allowed to car­ry over for one (1) year and not build to more than two (2) weeks max­i­mum over suc­ces­sive years.  Any unused vaca­tion time will be allowed to be tak­en in pay at the cur­rent week­ly rate of pay.

(b) Sick Leave.  The Direc­tor shall receive twen­­ty-four (24) hours of sick leave per month.  Accrued sick time for Direc­tor will be amend­ed to coin­cide with the Illi­nois Munic­i­pal Retire­ment reg­u­la­tions.  A max­i­mum of two hun­dred forty (240) days can be accu­mu­lat­ed by an employ­ee to be used at time of retire­ment for ser­vice cred­it.  Nine­ty (90) days of which may be paid upon res­ig­na­tion or retire­ment if not used for IMRF ser­vice credit.

(c) Hol­i­days.  The Direc­tor shall receive the same rec­og­nized Hol­i­days as oth­er Coun­ty employees.

6. Director’s Employ­ees.  All employ­ees who per­form ser­vices for the Union Coun­ty Ambu­lance Ser­vice shall be hired by the Direc­tor.  Among those employ­ees hired by the Direc­tor, one (1) Deputy Direc­tor or Assis­tant Direc­tor shall be select­ed by the Direc­tor, who shall serve sole­ly at the direc­tion and dis­cre­tion of the Direc­tor, pro­vid­ed that said Deputy Direc­tor or Assis­tant Director’s com­pen­sa­tion shall be fixed by the Union Com­mis­sion­ers and paid by the County.

7.  Coun­ty Board Meet­ings.  The Direc­tor shall attend any and all­Coun­ty­Board meet­ings when sched­uled and request­ed so to do by the Union Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers, and will, to the best of his abil­i­ty, coop­er­ate with saidCountyCommissioners.

8. Duties of Direc­tor.  The Direc­tor shall com­pe­tent­ly and effi­cient­ly oper­ate the Union Coun­ty Ambu­lance Ser­vice to or from points both with­in and out­side of the Coun­ty, and per­form all duties as are defined and required by the laws of the State ofIll­i­nois and the Union Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers in oper­at­ing said ser­vice.  The Direc­tor shall like­wise main­tain any and all qual­i­fi­ca­tions, cer­tifi­cates and/or licens­es as are nec­es­sary to ful­fill his duties and shall receive any and all addi­tion­al train­ing or edu­ca­tion as is required by law, through­out the term of the Agreement.

The Direc­tor, or in his absence, the Assis­tant Direc­tor will have full author­i­ty over the hir­ing and dis­missals, as well as dis­ci­pli­nary action and of all hourly employ­ees in accor­dance with the labor agree­ment.  Also, the Direc­tor and the Assis­tant Direc­tor are respon­si­ble for the dai­ly oper­a­tions and estab­lish­ment of all stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dures and poli­cies for the Union Coun­ty Ambu­lance Service.

9. Dis­missal of Direc­tor.  In keep­ing with the laws of State of Illi­nois, the Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers, by major­i­ty vote, may dis­miss the Direc­tor before the expi­ra­tion of the term of this Agree­ment and his office, for mis­fea­sance, malfea­sance or non­fea­sance in the per­for­mance of the duties of the office, pro­vid­ed that upon dis­missal, the Com­mis­sion­ers must spec­i­fy their rea­sons in writ­ing and are sub­ject to a pub­lic hearing


ENTERED into this 6th day of June, 2005.


COUNTYOFUNION                                      UNION COUNTY AMBULANCE DIRECTOR


BY:     /s/ Bill Jack­son                           /s/ Bill Bowen

Bill Jack­son, Chair­man                Bill Bowen, Director




/s/ Bob­by Tol­er Jr.                                         (SEAL)

Bob­by Tol­er, Jr.,CountyClerk