The Pryor Times

January 2, 2014

Pryor welcomes Pennypacker

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — In an executive session during the Monday meeting, Mayes County Commissioners voted to hire Debbie Pennypacker to fill the vacant 911 Center Director position.

Pennypacker is excited about the transition from Marshall County to Mayes County.

She has been the Marshall County Enhanced 911 Coordinator for five years and will now take her place as director of the newly independent Mayes County 911 Center. Weeks prior to this meeting, the commissioners voted to remove the center from the leadership of Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority, making it a stand-alone entity.

Pennypacker is familiar with small communities which have both lake traffic and agriculture.

The county seat of Marshall County is Madill. According to Madill Chamber of Commerce, the county is strategically located “approximately halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma City, and halfway between Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 69-75.” The site says Marshall is the smallest county in Oklahoma with a population of 16,049, but the location provides an interesting blend of manufacturing, agriculture, and waterfronts.

“She is very well-rounded and experienced in all aspects of a 911 Center. She's been a 911 director for almost six years and with all her experience she fit the bill perfectly. She's a very intelligent woman,” said Commissioner Darrell Yoder.

Yoder said the county is fortunate to have received applications from such qualified individuals.

“As I've said before, my ultimate goal is to get all dispatching under one roof and she is on that same wave length. She's coming from a center that is set up that way so she understands the importance of that; she's seen it first hand,” said Yoder. “She knows what we're working towards.”

Commissioner Alva Martin is excited to welcome Pennypacker to the county as well.

“One of the things that set her apart from other applicants is her understanding of the 911 mapping system and her grant writing experience. She has basically built a 911 Center from the ground up and that kind of knowledge is outstanding,” said Martin, who said he can't wait to introduce her to Mayes County.

“Her husband likes to fish and we sure have some great lakes around here,” said Martin, who plans to take the couple fishing after they've made their transition.