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DeKalb County 911 coordinator retiring after more than a decade in role

DeKALB – DeKalb County’s E911 Board needs a new coordinator because the current one is planning to retire at the end of the year.

Glenna Johnson has been in her position since 2008 and before that, she worked in the private sector. She said her career route was not the typical one.

“What I did was a little unusual,” Johnson said. “It’s usually the other way around. It’s usually they leave this side and then go to the industry.”

She, and the E911 Board, have discussed how to proceed before she retires and when she retires.

Sycamore Fire Chief Pete Polarek said he wanted to know when Johnson would be leaving her post.

“The reason why I ask is if we know where the end is, then obviously we know … what the timeline roughly needs to be in order to have a smooth transition,” Polarek said.

Polarek said his thinking was both the board and Johnson would want a transition period, perhaps 30 days, so she can train her replacement and prepare to retire.

The other point Polarek raised about Johnson’s pending retirement is how advertising for the job and interviewing potential candidates to fill her spot will take time.

“The reality of it is we’re really at a point where we need to get in gear and really formalize for the most part and probably start some kind of… recruitment,” Polarek said.

Johnson said her intention is to stay until the end of her contract at the end of the year.

“I will not leave until the Next Generation 911 system is up and running,” Johnson said.

DeKalb Police Cmdr. Jason Leverton said starting the process of finding someone soon is the better way to go.

“We all know how time becomes fleeting, especially when there’s kind of a deadline and a need to replace,” he said.

Johnson said when she’s retiring, it’s for good.

“I want to travel,” she said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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