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New executive named to lead Central County Emergency 911

By: Jim Erickson

A dispatcher at Central County 911

A dispatcher at Central County 911

Tim Conroy will begin his duties as executive director of the Central County Emergency 911 dispatch center on Nov. 16.

Conroy’s hiring and the terms of his employment were set after a recent meeting of the CCE Board of Directors. He succeeds Mike Turner, who is ending a 38-year career with the Ellisville-based operation.

CCE handles 911 calls for fire and emergency medical services and dispatches first responders from the 34 agencies that either own the center or use its services. Those fire and EMS districts and departments cover most of St. Louis County as well as portions of adjoining counties.

Conroy is a former CCE employee who last year had joined St. Louis County as its fire dispatch deputy director. In his new position, Conroy will receive an annual salary of $97,500, three weeks’ vacation and a CCE-owned vehicle for his use. He also will receive pension benefit credits for his earlier service at CCE.

Turner announced plans earlier this year to retire Oct. 1 but agreed to stay on during the hiring process and his successor’s transition. Tim Flora, CCE board chairman, said Turner will remain on the job at CCE until Dec. 31. Should Turner’s services be needed after that, it will be on a contract basis, Flora noted.

“With (Turner’s) pending retirement, the board of directors is glad the selection process for a new executive director is complete. The board is looking forward to working with Tim Conroy and continuing to provide the same outstanding service to the citizens and fire/EMS agencies we serve,” Flora said.

He added that Turner’s “leadership and experience will be greatly missed.”

The CCE board is composed of one representative from each of the five fire and EMS districts that own the dispatch center. Those are Monarch, Metro West, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur and West County fire protection districts. Other agencies use the center’s service under contract.

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