911 board begins hunt for director

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 12/7/17

Joe Wilson's last day as director of the Emergency 911 Center will be Dec. 29, and the 911 Board is now seeking a replacement for the man who has served as the only person to lead the center.The …

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911 board begins hunt for director

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Joe Wilson's last day as director of the Emergency 911 Center will be Dec. 29, and the 911 Board is now seeking a replacement for the man who has served as the only person to lead the center.

The board met Wednesday and decided to form a committee to receive requests to replace Wilson, who began working with the Emergency 911 system 22 years ago. That committee is composed of board members Johnny Stokes, Shawn Fairbanks, Mark Gibson, Troy Maney and Ron Harrison, who will chair the group.

The committee met for the initial time Wednesday, just long enough to decide the direction the board should take. Other future meetings will be open to the public due to the so-called Sunshine Law requiring public notification of the committee meeting. The next such meeting is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 1 p.m., at Cleveland Fire Department Station No. 1 on South Ocoee Street.

Until a new director is named, assistant Emergency 911 system director Sherry Maxfield will serve in that capacity. Oddly enough, Maxfield was hired the same day as Wilson in 1995.

The committee will be working from scratch as there was no job description for Wilson set when he was hired. That will be one of the first items the committee said it will address.

The group also agreed it needs to set search parameters, including salaries,  background checks and dates for having the new director in place. Members also agreed to narrow the candidates who submit wishes to be the next director to three, which will then be presented for interviews, possibly by the entire 911 Board.

Wilson was humble Wednesday in his final board meeting, saying his success and the success of the center are due to the staff there and the board's support.

"Boy, have we come a long way," he said of the history of the center. "I am very proud of what we have done."

While there was no "going away" presentation to Wilson on Wednesday, he will be honored at a special event at the Museum Center at Five Points on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.

• At the next meeting, on Feb. 28, the board will elect officers for the year.

• Board chairman Troy Spence also said the backup center is working well, and the possibility of the 911 system taking over the county/city GIS program to have quicker access to addresses in the area was also discussed.


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