Leesburg -- Lee County commissioners will likely decide next month whether to consolidate the county's Fire and E-M-S departments.
At Thursday nights meeting, they put off deciding whether to recruit a director to manage both services and develop a joint department.
Critics worry consolidation will cause scheduling mix-ups, lead to some mass resignations and endanger public safety.
"I've definitely made a decision that consolidation is not in the best interest of Lee County. It is not in the best interest of the citizens of Lee County. They'll be vulnerable. If we lose those 16 paramedics, we could have chaos in this county. I believe that consolidation is a mistake," said Lee County Commissioner Ed Duffy.
Commissioner Duffy says only seven Georgia counties have consolidated fire and EMS departments.