MANATEE - Crutchfield launched and led the county's succesfful Community Paramedic Program in 2016. 

The Community Paramedic Division will now fall with EMS, allowing the Public Safety Department to focus its efforts in both pre-hospital emergency medicine and preventative healthcare for patients in need. 

Public Safety Director Jacob Saur said it was a clear-cut decision to give the position the Crutchfield.