CROWN POINT | Crown Point Sgt. Jack Allendorf is the finalist for the position of deputy director of the Lake County's consolidated E-911 communications service.
An advisory board of city and town police and fire chiefs along with Lake County officials overwhelmingly endorsed him this week to be second in command of an $11 million-a-year operation that will employ more than 100 police and fire dispatchers.
Brian Hitchcock, the executive E-911 director, announced Allendorf's nomination Friday at a luncheon meeting Friday of the Lake County Advancement Committee.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners are set to finalize Allendorf's hiring Wednesday, Commissioner Roosevelt Allen, D-Gary said Friday.
"I don't see any opposition to him," Allen said, adding Allendorf had earlier been a runner up for the top E-911 job, losing out to Hitchcock last summer.
Lake County is mandated to merge its 17 existing municipal and county police and fire E-911 systems into a single, countywide network.
Hitchcock said earlier he expects his deputy director to handle E-911 daily operations while Hitchcock concentrates on assembling the infrastructure of a new system. The deputy director position will pay $75,000 annually.
Allendorf has been serving for more than a year on the Lake County Public Safety Communications Commission's technology committee, which is drawing up the specifications of the communications hardware and computer record system E-911 will use once on-line.
Allendorf is a 25-year veteran of the Crown Point police force who has been involved with the DARE anti-drug program and the city's bike patrol.
He suffered a leg injury and multiple broken ribs four years ago when a Schererville man being chased by other police rammed his vehicle into Allendorf's squad car and he attempted to block the man's further flight.