Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CRESA Begins Search for New Director; Tom Griffith Retires

VANCOUVER, WA - Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) is beginning a search for a new director to replace CRESA Director Tom Griffith, who announced his May 31st retirement last month. An open recruitment to select a new director will begin in early March.

The director position reports to an administrative board which represents the various jurisdictions and agencies that comprise CRESA under an InterLocal agreement.

Griffith has been CRESA director for 11 years, after being hired in 1994 as CRESA’s Emergency Management Manager. Previously, he worked for 26 years for the Los Angeles Police Department as a sergeant.

“CRESA is an outstanding organization that is recognized by our peers across all of our programs,” Griffith said. “The reason for CRESA’s reputation is twofold: the workforce, the finest group of professionals to be found anywhere, and a supportive and engaged Administrative Board.”

Griffith said he is looking forward to retiring and “having the time to do all the things my wife and I have dreamed of for years.”

CRESA is the regional provider for 9-1-1 dispatch, technology services, emergency management, and ambulance contract oversight for Emergency Medical Service District #2. CRESA’s service area includes each of the seven cities within Clark County, as well as the unincorporated areas of the county.

CRESA also is the host agency for Region IV Homeland Security Office, which coordinates Homeland Security efforts within Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.

CRESA is accredited through Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies and National Accreditation of Emergency Dispatch. For more information about CRESA and its services, visit www.cresa911.org.

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