Before its Sept. 30 meeting, the Central County Emergency 911 Board of Directors had determined the task of hiring a new executive director was taking longer than anticipated. Accordingly, directors had asked Mike Turner, who earlier had announced he would retire as of Oct. 1, to remain on the job for as long as Dec. 31.
However, the situation changed dramatically after the board met in closed session near the end of that Sept. 30 meeting to continue the applicant review and evaluation process. Returning to open session, Board Chairman Tim Flora announced that the directors had voted to extend an employment offer to Tim Conroy, a former CCE employee who had joined St. Louis County as its fire dispatch deputy director.
Although the employment offer was announced, Flora said in a later interview that the hiring process is not yet final because a compensation package and other details still must be completed. Flora also emphasized that the board’s decision should in no way be viewed as setting the stage for a possible merger of CCE’s fire and emergency medical dispatching operation with similar functions handled by the county’s new communication center in Ohlendorf West Park. The possibility of combining the two dispatching centers has been raised in the past.