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911 center boss quits to accept Florida job


– The executive director of the joint Fort Wayne-Allen County 911 Call Center has resigned to accept a similar position in Florida.

Tim Lee resigned Friday after three years on the job. His last day will be Jan. 24, just weeks before the opening of the new $18 million joint dispatching center on the sixth floor of the Rousseau Centre, formerly the City-County Building.

Lee has been hired as the new director of the Consolidated Dispatch Agency for the city of Tallahassee and Leon County, Fla.

The joint 911 call center was created in 2010 and merged city and county dispatchers three years ago. Public safety representatives were appointed as board members of the Consolidated Communications Partnership to oversee the merger and establish operational policies.

Lee is proud of the department’s progress and accomplishments.

“In three years, the CCP has made huge strides in building relationships across the board,” he said. “We have built a state-of-the-art 911 center, a state-of-the-art 911 phone system and a state-of-the-art radio system. We are now prepared for today, tomorrow and well into the future. It has been a privilege to work with some of the finest professionals in this field.”

Lee was hired in January 2011 from the Allen County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Department, where he was a deputy and director of communications for 22 agencies.

“We appreciate the leadership and expertise Tim demonstrated,” said Fort Wayne Fire Chief Amy Biggs, president of the Consolidated Communications Partnership board. “Through his guidance we have been able to initiate advancement in 911 services that will enhance our community now and into the future. “

Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown, a CCP board member, said: “Tim has been instrumental in molding the future of 911 for Allen County and Fort Wayne. We regret seeing him go but understand this is a great career opportunity. He leaves with our thanks and best wishes.”