CROWN POINT | At least 46 people would like the job of directing the merger of Lake County's E-911 police and fire communications network.
Thomas Dabertin, a consultant for the consolidation effort, said as many as 10 more may apply by Friday's deadline for the position that will pay as much as $90,000.
The state is mandating Lake County merge its 17 county, city and town police and fire radio communication systems by the end of 2014.
An advisory commission of public safety officials will winnow the field of applicants down next month to several finalists whose names will be made public.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners will choose a new director from among the finalists, to begin work this summer.
The advisory commission also recommended the county spend more than $124,000 to install new broadcasting equipment needed to comply with the Federal Communication Commission's mandate to switch to a more narrow radio frequency band.
Sheriff John Buncich said the mandate has reduced police radio reception in rural south county areas.
"My radio receiver doesn't work in Lowell, anymore," he said.