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Fayette County 911 director to retire after more than 21 years with county

Local - 8/22/2014 12:39 PM by Karen Franklin
FAYETTEVILLE - The 911 dispatchers you rely on during emergencies will soon be without their longtime director who's worked with Fayette County for more than two decades.

After 21.5 years, David Neal will be leaving the 911 Center. He's responsible for establishing emergency services when it was housed in the basement of the Memorial Building and then moving operations to its current location. 

Neal's previous experience includes 10 years with Putnam County. He said he's worked in emergency services since the day after his high school graduation. 

The Fayette County 911 Center is keeping pace with new technology, and Neal holds it up to any facility in the state. On Friday, his last day, Neal talked about making the decision to leave.

"There comes a time when you just know that it's time to move on, explore other things in your life," he told WOAY. "That's what I'm doing. I'm just going to see what else that the future has in store."

Neal said he'll miss his career with Fayette County. No new director has been named, and the center is still accepting applications for the position.

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