JAY - The Delaware County Commission on Monday accept the resignation of Gary Metcalf, part-time emergency management director.

Metcalf, hired as the county's emergency management director in May 2005, advised the commission of his intention to take another position elsewhere.

In written statements to the media and the commission, Metcalf didn't elaborate on the location of his new job. He did, however, indicate that he'd been working as a consultant with another area emergency management/fire department since September.

“It has been a pleasure to serve as your director and many good things have been accomplished in an attempt to build a first- class department for Delaware County, Metcalf wrote.

Metcalf also extended the offer to help the county during the transition period as the resignation is effective Feb. 15.

Metcalf, formerly an EMS director for the City of Grove, recently agreed to settle a federal civil lawsuit he filed in 2005 alleging wrongful termination and violating his constitutional rights. The city paid Metcalf $100,000, according to the agreement.

In 2000, the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association named Metcalf as outstanding paid director of the year for the state.

Metcalf began working as the Grove Emergency Management director in 1995 after setting up an emergency operation in Neosho, Mo., in addition to owning a photography studio.