Carl Fortner has abruptly left his position as director for Cowley County Emergency Communications, the department which provides 911 dispatch services for the entire county.
Fortner, 52, had been in charge since Dec. 2015. Brian Stone, director of Cowley County Emergency Management, has been named interim director.
“I will be putting together the job description for the director and getting that back out to (recruit potential) candidates,” county administrator Lucas Goff said this evening. “And work through that here within two weeks. We’ve got a good team. Mr. Stone is a well-respected gentlemen in the area and he has a good relationship with both our dispatchers and our law enforcement and fire. He’s going to take the extra effort to make sure that we keep moving and move ahead to where we need to go.”
Fortner submitted his resignation this morning, Goff said, effective immediately. He had come to Cowley County from Florida, where he served in a similar position.
"We wish Mr. Fortner well," Goff said.
This is the third director to oversee 911 dispatch for the county since a move toward consolidation began in 2010. Previously, police departments in Winfield and Ark City had operated dispatch centers that covered the county.
Fortner replaced Beth Leach, who abruptly resigned in 2015.