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Kalamazoo County (MI) Consolidated Dispatch Authority Executive Director

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The Kalamazoo County Consolidated Dispatch Authority is comprised of five partner agencies: the City of Kalamazoo, the City of Portage, the County of Kalamazoo, the Charter Township of Kalamazoo, and Western Michigan University. The five public agencies provide police, fire, and EMS services to an approximate resident population of 255,000, and significantly higher daytime populations.


KCCDA seeks its first highly-skilled, technically-competent Executive Director to oversee the startup and long-range strategic operations planning for this newly formed public safety communications authority. This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, proven, and forward-thinking executive with the leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to manage the ground-floor planning, operations, and technology acquisition processes for a multijurisdictional public safety 911 dispatch operation.


Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Successful work experience as a Director or Deputy Director of a multi-jurisdictional public safety communications center serving Law Enforcement and Fire/Emergency Medical Services (with a combined population of 150,000 or greater) highly desired. Successful project management experience for complex communications technology startup operations in the public or private sector is a plus. Associate’s Degree including courses in Fire, EMS, and/or Police Administration, accompanied by five years of experience as a Director or Deputy Director of a multi-jurisdictional public safety communications center serving Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS with a combined population of 150,000 or greater will be considered. Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. Licenses and certifications relating to communications or technology project management as well as relevant public safety communications, and/or complex technology project management professional certifications and credentials will be considered in the overall evaluation of candidates. Must be able to obtain a valid Michigan State Driver’s License within 90 days of employment. Residency within Kalamazoo County is preferred. KCCDA offers a competitive salary of $95,000 - $110,000 depending on qualifications and experience. A vehicle stipend and a full range of leave and insurance benefits are also provided.


View complete position profile and apply online at:


For more information contact:

Bill Peterson, Senior Vice President

Strategic Government Resources



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