That's the Lehigh Valley in another dimension. In this one, we do have our share of natural disasters. For years, we could always count on Bob Mateff, Director of NorCo Emergency management Services, to be prepared for all contingencies.
A little over a year ago, Mateff left his job at Northampton County to become Deputy Director of Emergency Management.
Executive john Brown has allowed thos position to remain vacant since that time.
Here's a message from someone at the 911 Center.
Those of us at the 911 center have been without leadership. Brown has refused to hire a County resident endorsed by the majority of fire & police chiefs after 3 rounds of interviewing. The individual even had PEMA and FEMA endorsements. The acting director is under investigation by HR and they won't tell us why. The 911 Center and Emergency management is rudderless. God forbid we have a repeat of hurricane Sandy or major disaster. Check it out. Brownie and crew have another mess on their hands.The word I have is that brown had hired someone who got cold feet at the last minute and decided to turn down an offer.
But allowing this public safety leadership position to remain vacant for so long is still irresponsible.
Maybe Brown should spend a little less time running for Auditor General and a little more time doing they job he was elected to do.