County names new comm. director
Steamboat Springs — A retired U.S. Air Force major with extensive experience using communications equipment and “a great personality” has been named the director of Routt County Communications.
David Hill, who has lived in Steamboat Springs for 2 1/2 years with his wife Claudia began his new job Friday.
“It was easy to hire Dave because he is very articulate, has a knowledge of the area and knows the type of equipment we use,” Routt County manager Tom Sullivan said. “He’s got a great personality and great people skills. He’s going to do a great job leading our team of dispatchers.”
Hill replaces former communications director Faith Mendoza, who resigned in November. Sullivan had served as interim director since November.
Hill said he’s eager to get to know his staff and continue providing a high level of service to the dozens of agencies the center dispatchers for.
“I don’t have an agenda or any big projects – I’m not going to stir the pot unless I need to,” he said. “My biggest concerns are continuing to keep the center functioning as well as it has and keep up our pace.”
Hill said he will conduct interviews this week to hire an assistant director and fill two supervisory positions. The center is fully staffed with 15 dispatchers, he said.
“We’re fairly healthy,” Hill said. “We’ve got a lot of new people in training.”
Sullivan said he and Hill are working on a plan to present to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the installation and use of a 800Mhz radio system, which is mandated at the state and federal levels.
“It’s going to provide for better communication,” Hill said.
One of Sullivan’s priorities is continuing to build and maintain good relationships with the myriad of law enforcement and other agencies the center serves.
“The bottom line is that it’s all about public safety,” he said. “I’m sure Dave will continue to develop those relationships. He’ll be key to maintaining those relationships.”
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