Barry County 911 director resigns to take new post

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The woman who played an instrumental role in getting Barry County's E-911 system up and running five years ago will be leaving her post to head up the effort of establishing a new 911 system in Winfield, Kan.

Friday will mark Pat Leighter's last day as Barry County E-911 director, a position she's held since Feb. 1, 2006.

"We sincerely appreciate Pat's dedication to the Barry County 911 system," said Jon Horner, chairman of the Barry County Emergency Services Board that oversees the local E-911 system. "She helped get us started from the initial organization to the building of a command and control center and all the logistics."

During her tenure in Barry County, Leighter was in charge of overseeing the mapping of roads and streets within the county, assigning new 911 addresses and coordinating construction of the 911 command center. She also helped purchase equipment for the facility and hired and trained the 911 dispatching staff.

"We're very happy with her work for the five years she's been here," Horner added. "We hate to see her go, but we wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

Before coming to Barry County, Leighter served as director of the Benton County E-911 system in central Missouri. Before that, Leighter held positions as the communications director commander for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Warrensburg and as dispatch supervisor for Henry County's 911 system in Clinton.

Leighter said her "love of building things" attracted her to the position in Kansas.

"The opportunity to build a new center in Kansas was something I couldn't pass up," said Leighter.

"I want to thank the people of Barry County for giving me this opportunity, and I will miss them," said Leighter.

The Barry County Emergency Services Board began advertising the open executive director's position in local newspapers and on the national website,, last week. Horner said the board is in the process of receiving applications and will begin narrowing the search next week.

Interviews will be scheduled for the week after next, and Horner said the board would like to have someone hired by Oct. 1.

According to information listed in job vacancy notice, the position pays a salary ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 depending upon the candidate's qualifications. Job duties include: operations; personnel management; fiscal management and planning; dispatch operations; policy management; community relations; facilitate county, state and federal emergency services requirements and initiatives; emergency preparedness; and strategic planning.

Applications are due by Sept. 1.

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