A board of police and fire chiefs today unanimously recommended Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz to become the first executive director of South Sound 911.
Neiditz was selected from three finalists. The other two were Washington State Ferries Director David Moseley and Jack Harper II, city manager of Hillsboro, Texas.
Neiditz, 59, has been Lakewood’s city manager since March 2005.
The next step is for the recommendation to go to the South Sound 911 Policy Board Wednesday. It’s unclear whether the Policy Board will take a vote then on whether to confirm Neiditz or wait until a future meeting, said county spokesman Hunter George.
The combined operations board of 10 police and fire leaders recommended Neiditz, who was also the top choice of a search committee.
Neiditz has been city manager of Lakewood since March 2005. He was runner-up for Tacoma city manager a year ago.
The position has an annual salary range of $175,000 to $205,000.
South Sound 911 is the new agency working to build a seamless emergency communications system in Pierce County.
In November 2011, Pierce County voters approved raising the sales tax by a penny on every $10 purchase to help build a combined radio network and two new dispatch centers. The tax increase took effect in April.
The departure of Neiditz from the City of Lakewood would add to the leadership changes. Lakewood would not only need a new city manager. Mayor Doug Richardson is leaving the City Council to become a member of the Pierce County Council in January.
Here’s the news release from South Sound 911:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 14, 2012
Neiditz gets unanimous recommendation to be South Sound 911’s first director
A panel of police and fire managers voted Friday, Dec. 14 to recommend Andrew Neiditz as the first executive director of South Sound 911.
The recommendation, on a unanimous vote in a public meeting, advances for consideration by the new agency’s Policy Board, a nine-member body of elected officials who meet Dec. 19.
If confirmed by the Policy Board, Neiditz will be the first executive director of the voter-approved agency that is replacing the patchwork of independent and obsolete radio systems and dispatch centers with a seamless emergency communications network.
Neiditz has more than 25 years of senior executive experience in local government. He has been the Lakewood city manager since 2005. He earlier served as city administrator in Sumner and he held two leadership positions for Pierce County – deputy county executive and later as executive director of public safety, where he provided oversight of six departments.
Neiditz was selected from a pool of 32 applicants from 18 states. He was the top choice among three finalists who were vetted by a search committee and then voted on Friday by the Combined Operations Board, a panel of police and fire chiefs representing member agencies.
The South Sound 911 Policy Board meeting will be held Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. in the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood. More information is available at www.southsound911.org.