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Lind recommended as interim leader at dispatch center

The Dakota Communications Center executive committee has recommended Diane Lind be named the interim executive director for the center. The board of directors will vote June 17 on whether to approve the recommendation.

A few delays have pushed back the decision on a new executive director for the center until mid-July. Current executive director Kent Therkelsen's last day is June 30, so the board has to pick an interim director.

Therkelsen said Lind, who is the center's operations director, is in the best position to take over in the interim after his departure. Lind is one of the three finalists for the executive director position.

Lind has been the operations director since January 2007. Before that she was a communications supervisor at the Burnsville Police Station from 1992 to 2006.

Lind will only have to hold the interim position for a short time. Therkelsen said he anticipates the board of directors will hold a special meeting sometime in July to make a final decision on the position.

The other two candidates for the position are John Dejung, and Russell Sinkler.

Dejung is the director of a public safety communications center in Madison, Wis. He oversaw 911 operations in Minneapolis from March 1997 to May 2009.

Sinkler is an executive with Ingenix, a health care research company in Eden Prairie. He directed the Minneapolis emergency communications center from 1981 to 1984. Additionally, he held a similar position in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Therkelsen, who led the opening of the center, announced his retirement in January. He plans to start a consulting company.

The Dakota Communications Center handles emergency calls for Dakota County and 11 cities within it. The center opened in December 2007.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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