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Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVa-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center

Barry C. Neulen to begin on October 1, 2018

Albemarle County is pleased to announce Barry C. Neulen as the new Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVa-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) effective October 1, 2018. The ECC provides all emergency communications services for Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. In this role, Neulen will oversee the daily operations of the ECC, which receives all 911 calls in the area and serves as the central dispatch for the three police departments, all EMS and fire system calls, and coordinated emergency management among the three jurisdictions. Neulen will also play a vital role in leading the organization through exciting new developments such as launching a Text to 911 service, moving the Center to a new location, and upgrading the ECC radio system.

“On behalf of our regional partners, I’m delighted to welcome Barry to the team,” said Doug Walker, Albemarle County Deputy Executive and Chair of the ECC Management Board. “Barry brings high-level skill and ability to this important role. We believe that our regional approach to this critical public safety function will benefit greatly from his extensive leadership experience,” added Walker.

Neulen brings more than 30 years of military and public safety experience, including executive leadership positions in the Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps. Neulen served as the Director of Public Safety and Security at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, where he managed public safety operations and supervised 500 police officers and firefighters. He currently serves as the Director of Field Operating Activity for the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia, where he oversees the planning and execution of security programs that involve emergency preparedness, crisis management, and many other response situations.

“I am honored to work with the professional men and women of the Emergency Communications Center in serving this wonderful community,” said Neulen. “I intend to work collaboratively with the ECC Management Board, as well as the numerous other agencies, departments, elected officials, community leaders and representatives to meet the current and future challenges of public safety for this growing community.”

Neulen has a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Science in National Security Studies from National Defense University. Additionally, he is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, a 2003 graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, a 1995 graduate of the FBI National Academy, and a Certified Protection Professional by the American Society for Industrial Security.

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