PARKERSBURG - Carl Sizemore was named interim 911 director Monday by the Wood County Commission.
Sizemore is the assistant 911 director at the Core Road Telecommunications Center.
The commissioners voted unanimously to name Sizemore as interim director on motion of Commissioner Steve Gainer, who serves as the commission liaison to the 911 advisory board.
Photo by Pamela Brust
Wood County 911 Director Randy Lowe, left, shakes hands with Assistant 911 Director Carl Sizemore, who was appointed Monday by the Wood County commission to serve as the interim director with Lowe’s retirement.
Outgoing 911 Director Randy Lowe resigned his post last week, with his resignation effective Jan. 6. With holidays and his accrued vacation, Lowe's actual last workday is today. He is leaving to take a security/safety post at Washington Works DuPont.
"I feel we need to appoint an interim director immediately then authorize the county administrator to advertise the position internally first," Commissioner Blair Couch said.
Resumes and letters of interest for the 911 director's post are due in Wood County Administrator Marty Seufer's office by Jan. 15.
"One issue I had with you was we need to make sure the director realizes they are under the county commission, the county commission is over the 911 center," Commissioner Steve Gainer said during Monday's commission meeting. "You should report to the county administrator more then you did and we need to make sure the new director is aware of that; there needs to be more direct communications with our administrator who will then make us aware. That's how the chain of command goes," he said.
"I didn't want to waste the commission's time coming in all the time, but at no time did I ever feel we were on an island out there and not under the county commission's direction," Lowe said.
"The center has been well-organized with steady people who know their jobs," commission President Wayne Dunn said.
"You have done a tremendous job and I commend you for that, but I felt there should have been more communication," Gainer said.
"If there is one word that would summarize your tenure, I think it would be professional. The center has operated at a high level and in a professional manner," Couch said.
Lowe is the fifth director at the 911 Center. He has served in that capacity for nine years. Prior to coming to work as 911 director, Lowe was a police officer for more than 20 years.
Lowe has recommended Sizemore as his replacement.