UPDATE: Woodyard Takes Over at 911 Center

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UPDATE 4/2/2014 4:20 PM

A new man is in charge of Wood County's 911 center.

And the new director has some plans for the future.

Rick Woodyard officially took over the position Tuesday.

And he isn't a stranger to the people who work there, thanks to his years as a county sheriff's deputy.

It's law enforcement, as well as volunteer fire departments, to which Woodyard wants to extend the center's technology.

"I'd like to see an enhancement in the communications infrastructure in the county, and enhancing the ability to have more communications coverage for the volunteer fire departments, to enhance their ability to safely respond to fires in the community," he says.

One matter Woodyard will have to address is a replacement for deputy director Carl Sizemore, who left the center this past month.

Woodyard says he wants to become familiar with the center's operations during the next few weeks before making a recommendation on a replacement to the county commission.

UPDATE 3/18/2014 11:25 AM

The interim director of the Wood County 911 Center steps down.

Carl Sizemore tells us due to built up vacation time his resignation is effective April 3.

But Tuesday is his last day working at the 911 center.

Sizemore started there in 2010.

He was named acting director in December of last year following the resignation of director Randy Lowe.

Sizemore applied for the position of director but the job was given to Captain Rick Woodyard of the Wood County Sheriff's Department.

Woodyard begins his duties April 1.

Sizemore says his resignation is not related to the fact that he didn't get the job.

He says he wants to pursue other interests and he's confident Woodyard will do a good job.

UPDATE 2/24/2014 10:30 AM

Capt. Rick Woodyard, of the Wood County Sheriff's Department, is named director of the Wood County 911 center.

The commissioners made the announcement Monday morning.

Woodyard is a veteran of more than 35 years with the sheriff's office, including posts as its chief deputy and a member of the drug task force.

Woodyard begins his duties April 1.

Interim 911 director Carl Sizemore plans to stay on as the agency's assistant director.

Sizemore was named acting director after Randy Lowe resigned in late December to take a job with DuPont Washington Works.

UPDATE 12/30/2013 12:10 PM

The Wood County Commission gets ready to appoint a new county 911 director.

The commission appointed assistant director Carl Sizemore acting director.

Current director Randy Lowe is leaving for a private industry job.

While all three commissioners praised Lowe for his nine years in the post, there was some concern by one member that Lowe didn't communicate with the group often enough.

"I want to make sure the new director doesn't deal that way, and has more daily communications with (County Administrator Marty Seufer), which is actually your supervisor," says Commissioner Steve Gainer.

"Every day I worked out there, I felt I was under the county commission's direction," says Lowe. "If I misled you in that manner, I apologize, because that was not my intention."

The commission will begin advertising for Lowe's successor by notifying county employees about the vacancy.

Lowe's last official day is January sixth, although Tuesday will be his last day at work.

UPDATE 12/20/2013 4:30 PM

He's leaving with mixed feelings.

Wood County 911 Director Randy Lowe says the center has accomplished a lot during the nearly nine years he's been there.

He says that's not just through his efforts, but those of the employees, the dispatchers and Wood County government.

The emergency response time is one of the best in the nation and with dispatchers handling as many as 170,000 calls a year, it hasn't had more than a dozen complaints in recent years.

"I'm leaving the center in good hands, and, at the same time, I'm welcoming a challenge that will allow me to use my expertise I have gained through the Parkersburg Police Department and the Wood County 911 Center," Lowe says.

Lowe Thursday sent a letter to the Wood County Commission saying he's leaving to become safety leader at DuPont Washington Works.

He is recommending assistant director Carl Sizemore to be his successor, but the final decision will be up to the commissioners.

WTAP News has learned Randy Lowe is stepping down as director of the Wood County 911 Center, to take a private sector job.

Lowe, who has been director since 2005, will become Security Leader at DuPont.

His resignation, which was submitted Thursday afternoon to the Wood County Commission, is effective January 6.

In his letter, sent to the commission and County Administrator Marty Seufer, Lowe said he was resigning "with mixed feelings". He praised the county commissioners for their support of the center.

Commissioner Blair Couch Thursday night praised Lowe for his "exceptional ability to handle crises".

Lowe previously was a long-time member of the Parkersburg Police Department.

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