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Cambria names emergency chief

Martynuska to hold titles of emergency management, 911 director

EBENSBURG — Cambria County’s Emergency Management Director will soon have new shoes to fill.

Art Martynuska, who has been in charge of emergency services in Cambria County for the past three years, was named the acting deputy director of 911 Thursday following the retirement of longtime director Robbin Melnyk.

Martynuska will hold both titles of emergency management and 911 director, and he is set to receive an additional $1,000 per month in compensation while he serves in the interim.

“Art has demonstrated his management ability and has helped lead Cambria County through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cambria County President Commissioner Tom Chernisky. “Art’s experience and expertise with emergency management is a valuable asset to Cambria County.”

The retirement of Melnyk, who had served as the 911 coordinator for 29 years, was accepted Thursday by the Cambria County commissioners.

She joined the Cambria County 911 Center in January of 1992, becoming a regional emergency dispatch instructor in 2000.

“We wish her all the best on her retirement, and her expertise and experience will be missed,” Chernisky said.

Melnyk’s retirement is effective Saturday. She could not be reached for comment.

Martynuska was a member of the City of Johnstown Fire Department in several capacities from 1990-2010, and he served for 10 years as an assistant fire chief.

He has a master’s degree in public safety from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and completed a trade union program at Harvard University in 2003.

Martynuska had previously served as an Emergency Management Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University.

In his report to county officials, Martynuska said that 50% of residents in Cambria County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, adding that the transmission rate of the virus continues to drop.

“We are certainly on the path to recovery in Cambria County,” Martynuska said.

Chernisky said the county will advertise and interview for a permanent 911 coordinator.

The commissioners also approved the hiring of three 911 telecommunicators Thursday, but Acting Human Resources Director Gina Sowers said, “two or three” additional telecommunicators are needed.

Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.

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