Piatt County’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board (ETSB) has interviewed applicants for a soon-to-be vacant 9-1-1 director position, but a hire is on hold as the county considers another option.

We have it on our agenda June 12 to consider combining it with the EMA (Emergency Management Agency) director,” County Board Chairman Ray Spencer told the ETSB at its May 30 meeting.

After an executive session in which the board met with one of the finalists for the 9-1-1 opening, members voted unanimously to, “based on the advice of the state’s attorney,” delay a decision on the 9-1-1 director.

The position is currently held by James Cripe, who has moved up his upcoming retirement to June 30 due to health concerns.

Mike Holmes is the current EMA director, appointed to the position after it was placed under the auspices of the Piatt County Sheriff’s Department last year.

The next meeting of the ETSB is scheduled for July 22. Chairman Todd Jones noted a special meeting could be called if needed.