Office of the EMS Chief


The Board of Directors has established the position of the executive director to provide the administration and management functions within the agency. The executive director is the highest uniformed position within the ambulance district and is responsible for ensuring high quality ambulance services for the county. There are eight department heads who report to the executive director. There is also one administrative associate to assist with agency administration.
Darryl Coontz currently serves as the executive director of the Taney County Ambulance District.

Mr. Coontz has been involved in EMS since 1979. He graduated from the Creighton University Paramedic program in Omaha, NE in 1984 and still holds a paramedic license. Mr. Coontz also holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University‚ School of Professional and Graduate Studies. For eleven years Mr. Coontz served on the Board of Directors for the National EMS Management Association and served as their president from 2004 until 2008.

Mr. Coontz started his career working as a volunteer EMT/firefighter in Irvington, NE. In 1980 he became an EMT and in 1982 began working full-time for a private ambulance service in Omaha, NE. In 1984 he became a licensed paramedic and began his professional career in South Louisiana. Mr. Coontz's previous job before coming to Taney County was as the Interim CEO and Chief Operating Officer for the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust (MAST) in Kansas City, MO. He has been married to his wife, Kristy, since 1985 and has two children, Allison, who lives in Kansas City, and Ariel, who resides with Darryl and Kristy.