York County hires new director for 911 center

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
Matthew Hobson will start Feb. 10 as the new director of the York County 911 Center.

The York County 911 Center has a new director at the helm, county officials announced Friday, Jan. 31.

Matthew Hobson will take over Feb. 10 as director, according to a news release.

"He’s got good experience, good background doing a lot of the things he’s going to have to do here," said county spokesman Mark Walters. "There’s a lot that goes into running a 911 telecommunications center, from relationships and work structure to technology, software (and) equipment."

Before being hired in York County, Hobson was executive director of New River Valley Emergency Communications Regional Authority in Christiansburg, Virginia, the news release states.

Prior to that position, Hobson worked for six years in Louisiana as the communications director for police, fire and emergency medical service calls for the East Baton Rouge Parish.

The East Baton Rouge Parish handled more than 320,000 emergency calls per year, the release states.

Hobson's salary will be $105,000.

The York County 911 Center has struggled in recent years with staff shortages and excessive use of overtime. The previous Board of Commissioners approved several contracts with outside consultants to suss out the issues at the center.

Former York County 911 Director Jacqui Brininger resigned in October, about a month after the most recent consultant, IXP Corp., began its work at the center.

The county has a six-month $750,000 contract with the New Jersey-based company and has spent nearly $1 million total on outside consultants and audit reports of the center in the past three years.

The IXP contract expires in late March, Walters said, and it's unclear whether the contract will be renewed, extended or ended.

"At this point, everything’s on the table," he said. "We don’t know how that’s going to play out."

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