ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former Hardin County EMS Director John Malcomson got emotional Tuesday night while trying to convince county leaders to let him keep his job.

“No matter what other people think, I’ve always had the best interest in the people that worked for me in mind,” Malcomson said.

But Judge Executive Harry Berry cited a long list of reasons he said resulted in Malcomson's termination

“My loss of confidence in Mr. Malcomson’s ability to satisfactory lead our EMS is the primary reason for my decision,” Berry said.

Berry said Malcomson had a high turnover rate and bad moral, along with other issues.

“Outbursts and combative behavior for superiors and subordinates alike, harsh and demeaning interaction with employees,” Berry said.

The now former director said the turnover rate is because of low pay and he is being unfairly blamed for the issue. Malcomson defended his track record and choose to have the hearing in open session.

“At least I spoke up for what I thought was right and the other part is the community,” Malcomson said. “The community supported my family and my illness five six months or longer, and I think I owed it to them.”

He also said a serious medical condition caused him to miss meetings for treatments. Malcomson said he plans to file a lawsuit against the county for wrongful termination.

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