PARKERSBURG - Wood County 911 Center Director Randy Lowe this week announced he will step down in January to take a position at DuPont's Washington Works plant.
Lowe said he submitted a written resignation Thursday to County Administrator Marty Seufer and emailed copies to the three members of the Wood County Commission.
Lowe said he will effectively retire from his job at the 911 Center Jan. 6. As of Jan. 1, he will have been with the 911 center for nine years.
Prior to that, he served 20 years with the Parkersburg Police Department.
"The decision came down to what is best for my family," Lowe said, adding he has had no issues with the center or county administrators. "They've all been great. It's been a great experience. When I leave here, it will be with mixed feelings and a heavy heart. I'm going to miss everyone here, but I feel confidant I am leaving the center in good hands."
Lowe will become security leader at DuPont.
Seufer said while it is not on Monday's Wood County Commission meeting agenda, he believes the topic will come up for discussion.
"I don't expect them to make a decision on anything Monday," he said.
Seufer said the commissioners will have to decide whether to hire a successor from within the county or look at hiring someone from outside of the system.
"Traditionally we search from within first and then move to an outside search," Seufer said. "Randy will still be here for a few weeks, so there isn't as much urgency. It'll give them some time to look."