MOUNT VERNON — During a special meeting of the Knox County Emergency Management Executive Board, Thursday afternoon, board members unanimously voted to accept the resignation of Knox County EMA/Homeland Security Director Marie Blubaugh submitted by Blubaugh before the meeting.
Blubaugh’s resignation letter, read to the board by Assistant Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville, stated she had made the decision after meeting with her attorney. The resignation was effective immediately. The special meeting had been scheduled last week by the board to discuss the future of Blubaugh’s employment amidst allegations of misconduct.
Allegations against Blubaugh had included the misuse of her assigned county vehicle, a lack of communication by the director with her staff, and the forwarding of a recorded phone call between Deputy EMA Director Brian Hess and Mount Vernon Fire Chief Shawn Christy to Fredericktown EMS Chief Rick Lanuzza without the knowledge of Hess or Christy.