Two city managers – one from Pierce County and one from Texas – and the head of Washington’s state ferries are the finalists to become executive director of South Sound 911, a consortium of public safety agencies and communities building a new emergency communications system.
A [panel of police, fire and dispatch leaders is scheduled to vote Dec. 14 on a search committee’s recommendation of who should get the job. The decision will be subject to ratification by South Sound 911’s Policy Board, which includes nine elected officials representing member agencies and contracting cities and towns.
• The finalists are Jack Harper II, the city manager in Hillsboro, Texas since 2006. He previously worked as city manager in Stamford, Texas, and in code enforcement and other duties in San Antonio and Lubbock, two other Texas cities.
• David Moseley, who has directed the ferries division of the Washington Department of Transportation since 2008. His previous career experience includes stints as city manager and administrator in Federal Way, Ellensburg and Steilacoom.
• Andrew Neiditz, the city manager in Lakewood since 2005. His previous experience includes city administrator in Sumner and Pierce County’s deputy county executive.
Pierce County voters approved the creation of South Sound 911 in November 2011. The new agency is replacing incompatible radio systems and independent dispatch centers with a what officials claim will be a state-of-the-art system that enables all first-responders to communicate directly with each other.