Committee discusses 911 director search criteria

Posted 12/22/17

The committee working toward replacing the retiring Emergency 911 director met Thursday to discuss qualifications and potential salary for the eventual new director.

Joe Wilson, who has served as …

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Committee discusses 911 director search criteria

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The committee working toward replacing the retiring Emergency 911 director met Thursday to discuss qualifications and potential salary for the eventual new director.

Joe Wilson, who has served as 911 director for 22 years, announced his retirement earlier in the fall, effective Dec. 29, 2017. He has served as director after working three years as dispatcher with the 911 system.

Members of the 911 board of directors, surprised by the retirement, decided that they needed to form a committee to begin the search for a replacement. That committee is chaired by Cleveland Fire Chief Ron Harrison, and includes local first response providers Mark Gibson, Johnny Stokes, Troy Maney and Shawn Fairbanks.

The committee is to decide how to find a replacement for Wilson, and agreed Thursday that their first task was coming up with a job description, then advertising the position opening. The committee decided to advertise the position in the Cleveland Daily Banner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, and Town and Country magazine.

“That way, we advertise it locally, regionally and nationally,” Harrison said.

Wilson, who attended Thursday’s meeting, said utilizing the job search website called Indeed could be helpful also.

The search committee agreed to begin the process of advertising for the position, though they did not state when they expect a new director to be named. That will be done by the 911 board after recommendations by the committee.

The committee looked at job descriptions from other 911 centers across the state, and agreed that the potential director must pass an extensive criminal background check, as well as a psychological background analysis. A financial background check will also be included by potential candidates, and they must pass a drug test.

The new director will be required to live within 30 miles of the 911 center, and will be given up to 90 days to make that move, if necessary.

Salary for the new director was discussed, but the committee agreed to seek help from MTAS and CTAS as consultants as they attempt to pin down that amount. The group did approve increasing interim director Sherry Maxfield’s salary to meet that of Wilson's while she is serving in that position.

The director, as Wilson does, will receive a monthly vehicle allowance and a clothing allowance in his or her salary.

Harrison said any decision on the salary for the new director will also need approval of the full 911 board. The board will meet next on Feb. 28.

The next meeting for the committee is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m., at Cleveland Fire Department Station 1, on South Ocoee Street.

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