Dakota Communications Center director will retire
Dakota Communications Center executive director Kent Therkelsen has announced he will retire this spring.
"In 2006 when I got involved with this I wanted to be part of a start-up project. It's been my plan all along to leave when I felt that there was good operational stability," said Therkelsen. "I think that's where we're at."
Therkelsen led the start up of the facility that serves as the centralized emergency dispatch center for 11 cities in Dakota County and a number of townships. The center opened Dec. 27, 2007.
"It's been more rewarding than people will know," said Therkelsen.
While the DCC encountered some difficulties early on things have smoothed out. Therkelsen said the center dispatches faster than the individual centers did and is beating national averages.
"We certainly had some very visible bumps early on but the staff stayed focused and has come a long way in a short time," said Therkelsen.
Therkelsen, who was hired in 2006, said he would like to do some consulting work and possibly teach after he's done with the DCC.
Finding a replacement could take a while. Therkelsen said the DCC Executive Committee and Board of Directors will come up with a plan to find his replacement starting in February. He informed the board of his decision of Dec. 21.