Pending county board approval, Piatt County will soon have a new 9-1-1 director.

A notice sent out by the county on Friday stated that a short reception would be held following the Sept. 11 county board meeting to welcome Tim Furman as the new 9-1-1 director.

Furman, a dispatcher for DeWitt County CenCom since September of 2017, confirmed the hire on Facebook.

“I’m very excited as to what the future holds, not only for this job but as for my family as well! I want to send a huge shoutout to all my family, friends, co-workers for your prayers, support and kind words for the past month or so as the application process was taking place,” he posted. “I owe it all to God for the doors opening and couldn’t be more excited.”

A search by the county Emergency Telephone System Board led to the recommendation, which needs ratification by the county board for it to become official. It is expected to be on the county board agenda on Wednesday.

According to his LinkedIn account, Furman is also the health and safety officer for the Waynesville Fire Protection District.

If hired, it would fill an opening left after the retirement of Jim Cripe on June 28. Alleged procedural missteps in the original search for his replacement led to a fresh application process, and a delay in the hire.