York County 911 director introduced

York County Commissioners Julie Wheeler and Ron Smith made remarks before introducing Matthew Hobson, who started Feb. 10 as 911 director.

Hobson podium

Public safety is a top priority for the commissioners, Wheeler said, and relying on first responders will help York County 911 provide the best possible services for the entire county.

Smith echoed Wheeler's sentiment and said that Hobson's hiring is the first step in the direction to improve the county's 911 operation.

Hobson is a key piece to the collaborative puzzle that will enhance the county's 911 operation. A revamped Public Safety Advisory Board will help too, which is why the commissioners recently restructured the board's charter. This enables first responders to have an outlet for bringing their concerns to the county. The commissioners will help guide the board, but they are not necessarily members of it. Any action required would be taken up at the commissioners regular business meetings.

Touting Hobson's experience working across multiple jurisdictions and within intricate 911 operations, Wheeler said he will be a key piece of the collaborative puzzle that goes into making enhancement to the county's 911 operation.

"I have full faith and confidence in our search committee and how they went about the interview process and I have full confidence in Hobson," Smith said.

Flanked by Smith, Wheeler, Chris Krichten of York County EMS Association and Dan Hoff, chief of York Area United Fire and Rescue, Hobson spoke kindly of the staff he's overseen for only a few days.

"They have welcomed me with open arms," Hobson said. "They have done some extraordinary things under some extraordinary circumstances and they deserve all the honor and praise because of that. I look forward to leading this organization into the future."


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