A month after Trumbull EMS chief departure, no replacement yet

TRUMBULL — A month after the town's Emergency Medical Services chief left for another job, her position has yet to be filled. But that's to be expected, according to the town's human resources director.

In November, Trumbull EMS Chief Leigh Goodman announced that she was departing after roughly four years in the position to take a job as EMS coordinator for Bridgeport Hospital's Milford Medical Control Region. Her last day was Dec. 2.

"Highly technical, high level jobs like this usually take time" to fill, said Trumbull Human Resources Director Thomas McCarthy.

Goodman, who lives in Fairfield, was Trumbull's EMS chief since January 2019, following several years as a paramedic. She saw the town through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. One measure she helped start during the pandemic was regularly providing COVID PCR tests to Trumbull employees, particularly first responders, and their families.

Andrew Weber was appointed interim chief after Goodman announced she was leaving, and continues to serve in that capacity.  When contacted, Weber referred comment to McCarthy.

McCarthy said the human resources department is updating the job description for the EMS chief position and expects to be posting it soon. He said neither the description nor the salary have been finalized yet.

"In the meantime, the town has confidence in Acting Chief Weber and his team of supervisors that they are delivering excellent services to the town," McCarthy said.

Goodman is also still in the mix, despite having already started her full-time job in Milford. She said is still working part-time in Trumbull as a "clinical education specialist" helping set up education programs in the department. Goodman is also a part-time paramedic with Trumbull.

Because her work in Trumbull is on a flexible schedule, Goodman said she's able to accommodate it, even with her new position. She also said it was always her intention to continue to work with Trumbull as a field paramedic part-time.

"I love working with them and want to see them succeed," she said of the Trumbull department.