County's 911 chief is placed on leave Circumstances remain unclear

October 11, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Paul N. Hajek, the chief of the county's 911 emergenc systems communication center, has been placed on administrative leave a little more than a year after deciding to head the new service, according to county sources.

Mr. Hajek is a retired Howard County police lieutenant who once served as the police department's spokesman. In May 1991, he retired from the department.

In September 1991, Mr. Hajek took charge of the new Bureau of Central Communications, which was established to speed up emergency response time in the county. It was designed to free police officers and firefighters to attend serious matters.

State-of-the-art technology allowed for both emergency and non-emergency 911 calls to be handled, although emergencies and serious calls were given priority.

The center also marked the first time county police and fire communications were housed in the same building.

Mr. Hajek, who has spent the last 20 years working for Howard County, couldn't be reached for comment.

No county official would comment about the circumstances surrounding Mr. Hajek's departure.

As the chief of the Bureau of Central Communications, Mr. Hajek earned an annual salary of $50,387.

Rebecca Horvath, director of the county's Department of General Services, Mr. Hajek's supervisor, declined to comment, referring all remaining questions to the Howard County Personnel Department.

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