Lake County 911 Director Hire a Priority
Lake County’s emergency dispatch consolidation project needs a director, which is the topic of an emergency 911 commission meeting this week when the Commission plans to interview and possibly hire a director in one meeting.
The County’s Public Safety Communications Commission has a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday for interviews of a prospective E-911 director. After interviews are done in a closed executive session, the Commission plans to reconvene in a public meeting at 11 a.m. to recommend a 911 director for hiring.
A proposal to merge the emergency public safety dispatch work of several smaller communities into a larger dispatch center has some detractors, with a few communities refusing to participate in the plan. Indiana law requires counties to reduce emergency dispatch centers to a maximum of two per county by the end of 2014.
The last director resigned abruptly during a February 28, 2013 meeting of the Commission. As he left his keys on the meeting table Jeff Cicillian wished the Commission luck with the consolidation process that involves more than a dozen Lake County towns and cities.
At the time Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub knew that hiring his replacement was a priority, “I didn’t know he was going to leave so fast, but he did … important for us to get a new director.”
Commission Chair Brian Taylor, who’s also Hobart’s Fire Chief, knows the challenges involved witht he dispatch consolidation process, “Anytime you put 18 communities in a room it’s a difficult process.”