Union County filled a vacant position last week, naming Larry Brinker as director of Emergency Communications. Dawn Hinkle had served as interim director since the departure of Gary Thomas in November 2009.
“We are looking to a very long tenure with Mr. Brinker,” County Manager Cindy Coto said. “He brings to us a lot of knowledge and experience to help us improve the already excellent working relationship we have with the agencies we serve with our communications center.”
Brinker’s last worked in Plainfield, Ind., where he served as executive director of the Hendricks County Communications Center. During his four years with Hendricks County, Brinker oversaw a communications center 45 employees serving more than 600 public safety officers. He previously worked for 20 years with the Plainfield Metropolitan Police Department, rising from patrol officer to chief of police before his departure in 2007.
“I want to thank the board and county manager for this opportunity,” Brinker said. “I’ve already met some of the officials from the surrounding towns, and I look forward to getting out and spending time with them and the fire and police departments to find out some of their needs.”
Brinker’s department handles all requests for assistance in emergency situations and dispatches for the sheriff’s office, police, emergency medical service, fire, first responders and emergency management. It is also the after-hours contact for the American Red Cross, Department of Social Services, mental health, hospice, Animal Control and Public Works.