911 Director Search Committee refines the interview process

By AUTUMN HUGHES

Posted 1/26/18

Both a facilitator and a moderator will be included in the interview process to choose Bradley County’s new 911 director.

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911 Director Search Committee refines the interview process

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Both a facilitator and a moderator will be included in the interview process to choose Bradley County’s new 911 director.

The Bradley County/Cleveland 911 Director Search Committee met Thursday afternoon to continue planning the process to find a replacement for former 911 director Joe Wilson, who retired in December after 25 years in that position.

Earlier this month, the committee set a deadline of Friday, Feb. 23, for completed applications and résumés to be submitted. That will give the committee time to compile a list of applicants to present to the 911 Board at its meeting on Feb. 28. Committee members agreed to meet on March 1 for their first review of applications.

“My suggestion is we all review together,” Committee Chairman Ron Harrison said, adding each application will have a quick-reference checklist based on qualifications and responsibilities for the job. “None of us are going to see the applications until the same day, March 1.”

Harrison said he believes it is important for the committee to take the time it needs “to be thorough” and suggested the following timetable:

• March 1-9 – review applications

• March 12-16 – contact top candidates

• March 19-23 – conduct interviews.

The committee approved appointing both a facilitator to ask the candidates questions during the interviews, and a moderator to make sure all interviews are conducted in the same manner.

Committee members also discussed setting a list of interview questions and establishing a scoring mechanism. Harrison said at the interviews, the committee members will independently score each candidate, then meet as a group to determine the top tier of finalists to present at the 911 Board’s meeting on April 25.

The search committee’s next meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Cleveland Fire Station 1 to discuss the interview scoring mechanism and closing comment from the committee to each candidate interviewed. The meeting is open to the public.

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