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Longtime EMS official tapped to lead Cabarrus department

New director

 CONCORD — Jimmy Lentz will soon take the reins of Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services, 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 been assistant director since 2013, will begin as director on March 30. He replaces Alan Thompson, who is retiring.

“I am confident that Jimmy’s passion, complemented 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 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 among the department’s offerings.

 “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 University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s EMS Management Training Institute.

Lentz and his wife, Janet, live in Mount Pleasant and have two daughters, Jessica and Lauren.

For more information on Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services, visit bit.ly/CabCoEMS.

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