Orange County Selects Dinah Jeffries as Emergency Services Director

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 31, 2016) -- Orange County named Dinah Jeffries as the Director of the Emergency Services Department.

Jeffries has provided emergency support in Orange County for 33 years, working her way up from 9-1-1 Telecommunicator to her previous role as Interim Director.

As Emergency Services Director, Jeffries is responsible for leading and managing four divisions of Emergency Services, which include 9-1-1 telecommunications, fire marshal, emergency medical services, and emergency management. Emergency Services provides coordinated planning and critical emergency support by closely collaborating with all public safety agencies in the County and Towns.  This position reports to the County Manager. 

Jeffries holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Elon University and has numerous certifications and extensive specialized training including: Emergency Medical Dispatch, Criminal Justice, Emergency Fire Dispatcher, National Incident Management System and additional training through FEMA with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

During natural disasters and major events, Jeffries has served as the Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center in Orange County. 

Orange County Manager Bonnie Hammersley expressed enthusiasm with the selection.  “Dinah knows the public safety leaders in the area and the Orange County staff she will be leading,” Hammersley said.  “There will be no need for transition time.  She is already on the ground running.”  

Jeffries’ effective date as the Director is August 31, 2016.