VIDEO: Longtime EMS official tapped to lead department
will soon take the reins of Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services (EMS),
and he credits the supervisors he’s had over a 28-year career with preparing
him for the role.
“I have been fortunate to
work for and with some of the best EMS administrators in the nation,” Lentz
said. That experience made him confident in accepting the promotion.
Lentz, who has served as
assistant director since 2013, will officially begin as director on March 30.
He replaces Alan Thompson, who is retiring.
“I am confident that Jimmy’s
passion, complimented by his experience and education, will continue to be a
positive force for the continued progression of Cabarrus County EMS as a model
agency,” Thompson said. “His commitment and heart are without question.”
Lentz began his tenure with
the County in January 1990, and has served in a variety of roles, including
crew chief, field training officer, relief supervisor, tactical medic, SWAT
medic and ATV medic.
Lentz will be in charge of a
department that has established itself as a statewide leader in progressive
patient care. The department responds to about 33,000 calls each year with an
average response time of 7.2 minutes, one of the best in the state. Community
education and specialized care programs are also part of the department’s
“We have excellent people
here,” Lentz said. “And to continue leading them in the right direction is
something I look forward to.”
County Manager Mike Downs said Lentz
brings a unique perspective to the job. “He has experience with the
department’s strong traditions while having a true understanding of future
needs,” Downs said. “He’ll keep EMS headed in the right direction.”
Lentz is a graduate of
Davidson Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in emergency
medical science. He also has completed several administrative educational
programs and the UNCC EMS Management Training Institute.
Lentz and his wife, Janet,
live in Mt. Pleasant and have two daughters, Jessica and Lauren.
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