Local briefs

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 06:35 PM

Durham EMS director to retire

DURHAM - Michael W. Smith, Durham County’s Emergency Medical Service director, recently announced plans to retire effective June 30 after 37 years with the department.

Smith has led the department since August 2005.

Following active and reserve military service in the US Navy and US Army, Smith began his career with EMS in 1975 when he joined the Durham County Hospital Corporation’s Emergency Medical Service. He became a Durham County Government employee in July 1998 following the merger of Duke University Medical Center and Durham County Hospital Corporation. All EMS employees were transitioned to Durham County Government as a new department.

Durham County officials will conduct a national search to name a successor for Smith. Deputy County Manager Lee Worsley, who is conducting the recruitment process, expects to identify a new EMS Director by June 1 to avoid naming an interim director.

Senior center celebrates Elvis

DURHAM. – The Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) is hosting an Elvis Birthday Extravaganza Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

All seniors 55+ are invited for cake and refreshments, music and fun! Those who, like Elvis, celebrate their birthday during the month of January will be recognized.

There is no fee and no registration required. The Durham Center for Senior Life is at 406 Rigsbee Ave. For more information, phone (919) 688-8247 or visit www.dcslnc.org.