Lake County E-911 panel working to hire director
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent May 15, 2013 8:30PM
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:22AM
ST. JOHN — Emergency 911 commission members took steps Wednesday to ensure a director and technology consultant are hired by July.
Tom Dabertin, consultant for the Lake County Public Safety Commission, on Wednesday said the human resources committee identified five individuals out of those who applied whom they feel meet the qualifications for the post. The committee planned to conduct interviews later in the day of all five, including the local candidates, via Skype in East Chicago’s Skype studio.
Dabertin said conducting the interviews via Internet video conferencing would save the panel the transportation costs of bringing the out-of-state candidates to Northwest Indiana. Interviewing even the local candidates via Skype would keep the process fair.
The human resources committee will then report to the full E-911 commission in an executive session May 30 so the commission can make a decision and forward a recommendation to the Lake County Board of Commissioners for its June 5 meeting, getting the director in place by July.
Lake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Roosevelt Allen Jr., D-Gary, who was tapped to replace Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point, on the E-911 board, told members if they make a recommendation, the Lake County commissioners will approve their selection. If they fail to make a recommendation by the June 5 meeting, commissioners will make the decision on their own.
“Our window is closing. We have to speed up and expedite everything that’s going on,” Allen said.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich told the E-911 panel it needs to move on recommending a technology consultant as well. Buncich said the panel started the process earlier this year, but nothing so far has occurred.
“Let’s establish a definite timetable here for retaining a tech consultant,” Buncich said.
Steve Scheckel, vice chairman of the E-911 panel, said commissioners could choose who they want out of nine respondents to the request for proposal. Panel members authorized commissioners to work with the executive board to make a recommendation for the June commissioners meeting.