CCCDA Names New Executive Director
Michael Armitage, has seen a little bit of everything in his near-quarter of a century in the 9-1-1 industry. In fact, the events of September 11, 2001, set his career journey on a path that has brought him to Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority (CCCDA).
In early August, the CCCDA Board of Directors hired Michael Armitage as its new Executive Director. Armitage started at Calhoun County 9-1-1 on August 30 and replaces now retired Executive Director Richard Feole.
Armitage comes to CCCDA with broad experience in the public safety and emergency response community. He most recently worked as Director of Eaton County 9-1-1.
Armitage intends to improve operations at Calhoun County 9-1-1, recognizing that there is a broad range of needs for the county’s emergency response agencies. He plans to first work with 9-1-1 staff and responders to build relationships.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have been chosen by the CCCDA Board of Directors for such an integral role in the public safety community,” Armitage said. “My intention is to lead the agency into the future and work with first responder agencies to provide the best possible responses to the community’s emergencies.”
Armitage’s 9-1-1 career began in the Southeastern Michigan city of Milan where he served as a front-line emergency telecommunicator. After 9/11 he completed his degree in Public Safety Administration at Eastern Michigan University followed by graduate degree at Northern Michigan University.
He also holds the professional designation of an Emergency Number Professional from NENA (National Emergency Number Association).
CCCDA Board of Directors Chair and Battle Creek Police Department Chief Jim Blocker said Armitage stood out in the hiring process and his experience with technology and innovative solutions will benefit Calhoun County as a whole.
"Michael comes into the role as our new Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority Executive Director with in-depth experience and highly qualified in the strategic focus areas the board was looking for,” said Blocker. “His predecessor, Richard Feole served our center well, through some of the toughest times-Michael will be able to leverage that foundational work."
Armitage, who lives in Charlotte with his wife Colleen and two children, Landon,10 and Reagan, 7 also serves as Mayor of Charlotte.
“This center has a great reputation,” said Armitage. “I greatly appreciate the support of the Board of Directors. I look forward to working with everyone here and working with our neighbors and agencies to see how we can move emergency services forward in the future.”
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