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Hansel names 911 Director: New leader brings more than 35 years of experience

Published: 9:26 AM, 08/29/2013 Last updated: 9:27 AM, 08/29/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-It took two rounds of voting in what was a close contest, but the 911 board on Tuesday, Aug. 27 elected dispatcher Nancy Hansel to be the new 911 director.

In the secret balloting, the board first gave the three finalists the following votes: Hansel, three; Matthew Whaley, three; and current interim director Crystal Ottinger, two.

The tie prompted a "run-off election" of the top two vote getters: Hansel and Whaley. In that round of voting, Hansel garnered four votes, while Whaley got three votes.

Board chairman Maurice Shults said to Hansel, who was present, as were Ottinger and Whaley, "Congratulations. To all three candidates, I thank you for your interest."

Shults then turned to Ottinger, who has been the interim director for several months since former 911 director Kathy Cody was fired over an ethics issue, "Miss Crystal, we truly appreciate your (service) as interim director ... I respectfully hope you will accept your (former) position as assistant director" to Hansel.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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