Sources informed TR that Dee Crumpler, the Director of the Consolidated Dispatcher Agency (CDA), left Tallahassee Saturday morning for a family vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, two days after hurricane Hermine moved through Leon County.
When contacted by TR, Crumpler confirmed the information and said the vacation had been planned for months and the CDA Board was aware of his trip.
When asked about the impact of his absence after the hurricane, Crumpler said, “we have a good team in place.”
Mr. Crumpler was appointed interim Director of the CDA in December, 2015 and appointed permanent Director of the CDA in May of this year with a salary of $140,000.
Documents indicate that the CDA position is a “highly responsible leadership, administrative and professional position which reports to the six-member Public Safety Communications Board and is appointed by the County Administrator, City Manager and County Sheriff.”
Also, the Director is an advocate with local agencies, associations, institutions, media, local/state/federal government and allied organizations and is responsible for ensuring the agency remains technologically advanced and provides high quality emergency service to residents.
TR visited the Leon County Public Safety Complex on Sunday and was told that Mr. Crumpler was not on the premises, but would not confirm his location.
TR attempted to reach Vince Long and Sheriff Mike Wood, both members of the CDA Board, but texts and phone calls were not returned.
Crumpler was appointed to the position without a formal job search after Tim Lee resigned from the position. Crumpler was recommended for the position by City Manager Rick Fernandez.