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Executive Director Consolidated Dispatch Center

The Villages of La Grange, La Grange Park and Western Springs, Illinois

Executive Director

Consolidated Dispatch Center


The Villages of La Grange, La Grange Park and Western Springs are communities located in Cook County, Illinois, approximately 15 miles west of downtown Chicago.  Through an Intergovernmental Agreement, the municipalities are developing a consolidated dispatch center to serve the public safety needs of the combined communities and are in search of a communications executive to serve as its first Executive Director.  The Executive Director will report to a Board of Directors (Village Managers of the member communities) and work closely with an Operations Committee (3 Police Chiefs and 3 Fire Chiefs of the member communities).  The consolidated dispatch center, anticipated to be fully operational in 2015, will provide E911 Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services dispatching to the member communities, which has a residential service population of approximately 42,000 and an area of approximately 7.5 square miles.  Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field.  A master’s degree in public administration or related field is a plus. Candidates should have at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience in an operational public safety communications position with five of those years in a supervisory or administrative capacity, preferably in a multi-position, multi-jurisdictional environment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  Professional certification as an Emergency Number Professional through NENA, Registered Public Safety Leader through APCO, and Emergency Medical Dispatch certification is considered very desirable for this position. 

The Executive Director’s responsibilities will include managing and directing a staff of 14 full time employees and the operations of the 911 Center.  The candidate must have requisite skills in the areas of project and personnel management, budget development and administration, financial accounting, long range financial planning, training, 911 system design, maintenance and operations of equipment, including Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software, hardware and process. Candidates should have a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and regulations pertaining to 911 systems and 911 system design, equipment and practices.  

The successful candidate will be a highly effective, experienced administrator with a proven track record in progressive communications systems management, with the ability to work closely with municipal officials.  The consolidated dispatch authority will offer a competitive benefits’ package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Starting salary: $ 100,000 +/-  DOQ. Candidates should apply no later than (December 31, 2014) with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 references to  to the attention of Leo C. McCann or Paul M. Harlow, GovHR USA , 650 Dundee Road #270 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240; Fax: 866-401­-3100.