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[December 14, 2012]
Ferries director misses out on new job
Dec 14, 2012 (Kitsap Sun - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Washington State Ferries Director David Moseley wasn't chosen to be executive director of South Sound 911, a new Pierce County emergency communications agency. Moseley was one of three finalists for the job.
A combined operations board of police, fire and dispatch leaders, on the recommendation of a search committee, unanimously selected Lakewood city manager Andrew Neiditz during a public meeting Friday morning. Jack Harper II, city manager of Hillsboro, Texas, was the third finalist. The finalists were selected from a pool of 32 applicants from 18 states.
The selection must be confirmed Dec. 19 by a policy board comprising nine elected officials representing member agencies and contracting cities and towns. Member agencies are Pierce County, the cities of Tacoma, Lakewood and Fife, and West Pierce Fire and Rescue.
The salary range is $175,000 to $205,000, said Jim Sharp, South Sound 911 project manager. Moseley makes about $143,000 with the ferries.
Moseley, 65, took over Washington State Ferries in February 2008, appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Before that, he worked as city manager of Federal Way and Ellensburg, Steilacoom's town administrator and Seattle's director of community development. He declined to comment Friday.
Pierce County voters approved a small sales tax increase in November 2011 to create South Sound 911. The new agency is replacing a patchwork of incompatible radio systems and independent dispatch centers with a state-of-the-art system that enables all first responders to communicate directly with one another. The project won't be completed until late 2014, but Sharp said he expects the director will probably report in February.
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