Brian Hitchcock, executive director of the Scott Emergency Communications Center, confirmed to the agency’s board Thursday that he accepted a similar position in Lake County, Ind.
His last day with the Scott operation will be July 19.
The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that Hitchcock’s contract will include an annual salary of $112,000. The contract would ensure Hitchcock will have three years. He takes on a project that has been plagued by years of delay, misdirections and distrust. In taking the position with Lake County, he will oversee the consolidation of 17 dispatching systems.
Hitchcock oversaw the consolidation of dispatching center for Davenport, Bettendorf and Scott County. He told the board he is proud of the building that houses the countywide dispatching center and the staff that has been assembled.
“Bringing together three or four communications systems seems complicated,” said Scott County Board chairman Larry Minard, who also chairs the communications center board. “I can’t believe it will be easy with 17.”
The board members praised Hitchcock and his efforts in creating a consolidated dispatching system.
“I think you did a very good job making it come together,” Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba said.
Gluba asked that Hitchcock compile a list of tasks that are in progress or items that need to be considered. Hitchcock promised to do so, noting that testing the backup dispatching center must still be done.
“That is probably the biggest thing out there,” he told the board. “There has been a lot that has been accomplished at this point.”
Hitchcock has been director since 2008 of the Scott County Emergency Communications Center where he helped guide consolidation of E-911 services for 30 public safety agencies in the Iowa Quad-City area and opened a $28 million E-911 state-of-the-art communications network in May 2011.