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EMS Chief resigns, interim appointed

Brandon Lyksett resigned his position with St. Croix EMS last week, according to City Administrator Devin Willi. File photo

St. Croix EMS Chief Brandon Lyksett resigned from his position last week, according to the city of Hudson.

Lyksett said he felt it was time to move on after his many years with the department. He also said uncertainties about the future played a role.

"It's been a pleasure working for the city for the last 19 years," Lyksett said.

He will continue to be a member of the fire department.

"I'll still be around," Lyksett said.

A copy of the resignation agreement/letter has been requested by the Star-Observer.

The council approved appointment of St. Croix EMS paramedic Joe Elkin as interim chief for a six-month period at the Monday, Aug. 20 common council meeting. Mayor Rich O'Connor said he thought it was a good idea as Elkin already knows the inner workings of the system, as opposed to someone who would have to be trained on the service as well as its current economic situation.

"I think there's a big trust factor with our EMS group and Joe," O'Connor said.

Council Member Randy Morrissette II suggested making Elkin the chief, without an interim modifier. City attorney Catherine Munkittrick said this gives the city flexibility.

Council Member Joyce Hall said the service would benefit from the continuity, but didn't know if the city was ready to appoint beyond the interim yet.

Elkin will continue to work as a paramedic while serving as the interim chief.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

The leadership change comes amid continued discussions about the sustainability of St. Croix EMS. The city has approved hiring a consultant to assess the service, while two of its partners, town of Hudson and village of North Hudson, are looking into other service options.

This story will be updated as more information is available. 

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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