Lake County Council OKs funding to hire E-911 deputy director
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent October 11, 2013 4:26PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:06AM
CROWN POINT — New E-911 director Brian Hitchcock soon may move forward to hire the new department’s deputy director.
The Lake County Council on Wednesday approved appropriating up to $75,000 in salary and benefits, though the person hired for the position would not have to be hired at the full amount.
Council President Ted Bilski, D-Hobart, said the move would give the Lake County commissioners the ability to begin the hiring process for the deputy director.
Hitchcock has said the position, and several others, must be filled as soon as possible to keep the consolidation process on track.
Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, said the deputy director would be a county employee, not a contract worker. Hitchcock has a contract outlining terms of his county employment and what would happen should the consolidated E-911 dispatch fail to happen.
Members of the Lake County Public Safety Commission in August recommended the Lake County commissioners approve hiring a deputy director and administrative assistant for Hitchcock and the new E-911 department. Commissioners approved the request, however, the Lake County Council in September said it would need to see Hitchcock’s budget prior to hiring any additional personnel.
The budget was disseminated within the draft interlocal agreement Oct. 4.