County hires new E-911 director

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Hammonds to fill hole left by Bob Hornback

By Marty Finley

Hardin Fiscal Court filled a key vacancy Tuesday at E-911.

Charles “Bob” Hammonds has been hired to serve as deputy director of the E-911 Dispatch Center. He fills the void left by Bob Hornback, who retired in April after 30 years of government service. Hammond begins work Monday, according to county officials.

Since Hornback’s departure, E-911 has been placed under the direction of Hardin County Emergency Management. Hammonds will answer directly to Hardin County Emergency Service Administrator David Underwood.

Hammonds will hold the same responsibilities Hornback carried, Underwood said.

Underwood personally reviewed and interviewed applicants, and said Hammonds stood out for his experience in emergency services, working in roles with county governments, Emergency Medical Services and fire departments elsewhere. Hammonds also worked several years in a role with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Versailles, Underwood said.

“Out of all the applicants and applications, he was probably the most experienced,” he said.

Judge-Executive Harry Berry said Hammonds brings necessary experience in emergency services and other disciplines to make him a vital asset to county government.

“He’ll be on the job come Monday and he’s eager,” Berry said. “We’re eager to have him.”

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.