A 911 dispatcher is taking over the Shenandoah County Emergency Communications Department.

County Administrator Mary T. Price announced Tuesday the appointment of Mellanie Shipe as the new director of emergency communications. Shipe assumed her duties immediately at a starting salary of $69,817, according to a news release.

Shipe replaces R. Jason Malloy, who left the director’s position in October to take a job in the private sector. Malloy received a salary of $61,708 when he resigned. Gary Yew, retired chief of the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, returned to serve as acting director while administrators searched for Malloy’s permanent replacement.

Shipe rose to the top of a group of candidates seeking the post, Price states in the release. The county received nine applications and interviewed five candidates before selecting Shipe, Price said in an email.

Shipe joined Shenandoah County’s emergency communications center in 2002 as a communications officer and now works as a shift supervisor.

The director oversees a full-time staff of 18 employees providing 24-7 emergency communications to all fire, rescue and law enforcement agencies. The center also handles emergency communications for other county departments.

Shipe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and plans to complete her graduate studies through Liberty University, Price states in the release. Shipe also holds multiple training certifications in the field of public safety emergency communications.

Shipe will lead the department as the county builds a new Sheriff’s Office headquarters at 810 N. Main St., Woodstock, that includes the emergency public communications center and an upgrade of the radio system. Work on all projects began this past fall after years of preparation.

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