Joey King confirmed as 911 Center director
By Karen Hall
In a brief specially called meeting Tuesday, members of the 911 Board approved the hiring of Joey King as director of the new 911 Center, which is to "go live" on July 1.
"The consolidation committee met and decided to recommend Joey King," said Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams, and Police Chief Chuck Forbis seconded Williams' motion to hire King as director.
The vote in favor was unanimous.
"If you accept, you're our new director," Board Chairman Chris Gilbert said.
"I accept," exclaimed King.
"My condolences," joked Williams.
Board members also unanimously agreed King would start at a salary of $42,500 per year, rising to $45,000 after July 1, if all goes smoothly between now and then.
The next question was when King could start.
"If he could wait until 8 a.m. Monday, that would help me," said Emergency Medical Service Director Bill Reuter.
That means two more shifts at EMS for King, but he said, "I could do both -- I don't want us to get any further behind. I could start today even."
Additional discussion revealed the county's pay period ends March 29, so it was agreed the county would pay King for his work at EMS until then. For the hours he spends on 911 center work until the end of the month King said he would submit a bill as if he were a private contractor.
"I think that would be best," Williams said.
"Joey's well aware of the task at hand and what needs to be done," said Gilbert as the meeting wrapped up.
King then took a seat at the table for a work session with three representatives of telephone companies presenting their proposals for the phone installation, which will be needed for the new 911 Center.
The 911 Board is to meet in regular session at 9 a.m. March 25 at 230 College St., Lewisburg.