Westmoreland County Coroner Tim Carson has found his newest deputy close to home.
Carson, the former mayor of Scottdale, announced the hiring of Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Wendell for a job as part-time deputy as the first-term coroner continues to compile his staff.
Wendell, 45, works as a salesman for Scott Electric and formerly served as a member of the county’s hazardous materials team.
“With his experience being a fireman, that’s what was appealing to me,” Carson said.
Wendell will be paid $20.48 an hour and will be eligible to work up to 1,000 hours a year, according to the coroner. He will be required to complete state-sponsored training before he can work in the field.
“I wanted to help out with Tim’s team. Giving back to Westmoreland County is a no-brainer,” Wendell said.
Wendell said he will continue to work his day job and serve as Scottdale’s fire chief.
Wendell joins as staff that includes a chief deputy, four full-time deputies and now seven part-timers. One part-time deputy position remains vacant, according to Carson.
A first-term Republican, Carson took office in early January after his victory last fall in which he ousted Democrat Ken Bacha, who had served as coroner for two decades.
Almost immediately after he started on the job, Carson was tasked with refilling his staff following resignations and retirements of three deputies.