County terminates veterans services officer – *UPDATED

Bartholomew County veterans will still continue to receive the services they need, despite the county commissioners’ decision to terminate the county veterans services officer, officials say.

Tom Crawford has held that position since 2013.

The personnel decision was made Monday, according to county officials. Larry Kleinhenz, commissioner president, says that he is unable to discuss individual personnel matters and would not elaborate of Crawford’s firing. We have been unable to reach Crawford for comment.

Despite the loss of their boss, there are still three people working in the veterans services office. There should be no disruption to the transportation of veterans for medical care or any other services, according to county officials.

There has yet to be a formal announcement seeking a new veterans services officer. The county generally advertises a job internally to other county employees for five days before opening the hiring process to general applicants. That process will likely start next week.

*Story updated after receiving comments from Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz