WILLIAMSTOWN — After a two-month search, Village Ambulance Service has named a new executive director.
Michael Witkowski, who comes with 30 years of experience in the field, will succeed Shawn Godfrey, who left last fall.
"We are very pleased we were able to get somebody like Mike, with both business and EMT experience," said Win Stuebner, president of the service's board of directors. "We had some quality folks apply, but when Mike showed up with his credentials it became pretty clear pretty quickly he was the one we were focused on."
"I like the fact that Village Ambulance is so community-minded and community-based," Witkowski said. "This is the place I want to be."
Village Ambulance operates five ambulance vehicles with roughly 40 employees from its location on Water Street in Williamstown. It also runs a medical transportation service from its State Road location in North Adams.
His last job was as director of client services at Intermedix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for three years, and before that he worked as senior executive vice president and chief operations officer for Omni Medical Care in Newburgh, N.Y., from 2010-13.
Before that, Witkowski served in administrative roles for three different ambulance services in New York state, starting with Community Medical Transport in Haverstraw, where he was vice president and chief operations officer starting in 1994.
Included among his certification are paramedic and EMS instructor.
Stuebner noted there were nine applicants, and three were interviewed for the post.
Godfrey resigned from the job in October, and since then, Rick Richer had stepped up from his field supervisor post to fill in during the search.
"The board and community owe Rick a great deal for his hard work," Stuebner said. "I don't know what we would have done without him. And the staff really pulled together and did solid work to get us through the transition."