911 Systems Administrator Receives Employee of the Month
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Talmadge Willis, E911 System Administrator, with 911 Communications, is the June 2017 Dare County Employee of the Month. 911 Communications Director, Trey Piland, presented Willis with the award at the June 5, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting.
“Talmadge has worked his way through the department. He was once a telecommunicator and since worked his way up. He knows every single faucet of what is done in a Communications Center, especially the technical side. He is the single provider in Dare County as far as we are concerned for all computer related things that happen in the communications world. That includes over 200 mobile data terminals inside patrol cars and all the latest consoles used inside the 911 center,” remarked Piland.
“Talmedge’s last project has been as an integral part of the design/implementation team for the regional 911 consolidation. He regularly worked 12-14 days. Whether pulling cables or installing software and hardware, he was right in the middle of it,” said a coworker during the nomination process.
Willis was hired in July 1989 as a Telecommunicator I. In 1994 he was promoted to Telecommunicator II. Willis began providing technical support to the 911 Communications Center when his title changed to CAD Administrator in 2000. In 2006, Willis was promoted to E911 Systems Administrator.
“When Talmadge started with 911 Communications there were no computers. Now it seems that every square inch of the office is covered by some form of technology. As computers were introduced into the 911 Center, he took it upon himself to learn all he could and he was able to troubleshoot and fix issues. He now knows all the programming, wiring, connections, and components like the back of his hand. His blood, sweat and tears run through the miles of wires he has run over the course of the years,” remarked a coworker during the nomination process.