Emergency Communications Center

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The Emergency Communication Center is a joint public safety project of Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and the [[University of Virginia. The ECC is an example of regional cooperation. [1]

Tom Berry was named as interim director of the facility on March 11, 2019, following the sudden resignation of Barry C. Nuelen. [2] Nuelen had only become the organization's new executive director effective October 1, 2018. [3] Sonny Saxton became the director in 2019. [citation needed]

In November 2019, Albemarle moved forward with a plan to hire its own emergency management coordinator in 2020, paid for in part by funds that would have gone to the ECC. This position will be within the Albemarle County Department of Fire and Rescue. [4]

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Emergency Communications Center is to provide quality service to our customers in an expedient and professional manner while respecting the diversity of our community and recognizing that our employees are our most valuable resource.


The ECC is governed by the 10-member Regional Emergency Communications Center Management Board. This group is made up of representatives from the Albemarle County Executive's Office, Charlottesville City Manager's Office, University of Virginia Administration, Albemarle County Police Department, Charlottesville Police Department, University of Virginia Police Department, Charlottesville Fire Department, Albemarle County Fire and Rescue, and one representative from the area rescue squad's Advisory Board. [citation needed]


"The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center will be a recognized leader in Public Safety Communications."


  1. Web. County-City Partnerships, Albemarle County, retrieved June 30, 2014.
  2. Web. Emergency Communications Director Announces Resignation, News Article, WVIR NBC29, Charlottesville, VA, March 11, 2019, retrieved March 18, 2019.
  3. Web. http://www.albemarle.org/navpages.asp?info=release&ID=23001, Press Release, Albemarle County, retrieved August 24, 2018.
  4. Web. Albemarle to hire an emergency coordinator, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 21, 2019, retrieved November 21, 2019. Print. November 21, 2019 page A1.

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