Hornback steps down as E-911 director

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Control center to be moved under Emergency Service

By Sarah Bennett

With more than 30 years of government service under his belt, Robert Hornback is retiring Monday as director of the Hardin County 911 Control Center.


Hornback, 62, is a retired detective from Radcliff Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. He’s been director of E-911 since 2006.

Upon Hornback’s retirement, E-911 will be moved under Emergency Service, said David Underwood, administrator of Hardin County Emergency Service

The proposed county budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year includes a capital project that would move E-911 to a new building next to the EMS Center on Rineyville Road.

Until a new deputy director is appointed, day-to-day operations will be monitored by the control center’s dispatch supervisor. Underwood plans to drop in from time to time to answer questions, he said.

“There shouldn’t be any major changes,” he said.

Emergency Service will take its time to select a permanent deputy director, he said, as it wants to choose the right candidate.

The position was advertised a week ago in The News-Enterprise, and though Underwood said he received a few applications, there weren’t as many as he had hoped.

Hornback said he does not intend to play any part in selecting a new deputy director. However, he said he believes the appointee should be someone who has at least some administration experience.

“You have to really want a challenge,” Hornback said about the position of E-911 director.

After 37 years of government service, Hornback said he’s stepping down to spend time with his grandchildren. He has 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who are spread out across the United States from Alaska to Maryland.

About his decision to partially retire after years of public service, he said, “I don’t know how well it will work, but I’m going to try.”

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.