ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville-University of Virginia-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center is in search of a new director.

On Monday, March 11, the ECC Management Board announced that Director Barry Neulen has resigned.

In the interim, Tom Berry will fill in as the head of the ECC. Berry is currently the executive director of emergency management at UVA.

“We look forward to working with Tom Berry through this transitional period,” Emily Kilroy, Albemarle County’s communications director, said. “He has a wealth of experience in emergency management and he’s worked very closely over the years with the Emergency Communications Center, so we know we’re in good hands.”

The board has formed a committee to search for its next director.

That committee is made up of Albemarle County Police Chief Ron Lantz, Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter, and University of Virginia Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Gloria Graham.

Neulen has not yet released a reason for his resignation.


Press Release from Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center:
 
The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) announced this afternoon the appointment of Tom Berry as Interim Director, following the resignation of Director Barry Neulen earlier today.
 
“I look forward to serving our regional emergency communications center and to continue delivering professional and quality services to our community during this time of transition,” said Berry.
 
The announcement was made at the ECC Management Board meeting this afternoon, where the members thanked Mr. Neulen for his service to the region. ECC Management Board Chair Doug Walker named a Director Search Committee comprising Albemarle County Chief of Police Ron Lantz, City of Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter, and University of Virginia Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Gloria Graham. Graham will serve as Chair for this committee.
 
Since December 2018, Berry has been, and will continue to be, the Executive Director of Emergency Management for the University of Virginia. Tom served as the Emergency Management Director of the UVA Health System for 11 years, beginning in 2007. Tom is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with more than 30 years of emergency operations experience. Since 2007, he has worked directly with the ECC and our local/regional public safety agencies to prepare for and manage countless emergencies, including the tragedies of August 12, 2017.