Robert Greenlaw is the new 911 director for Delaware County.

Robert Greenlaw is the new 911 director for Delaware County.

The Delaware county commissioners unanimously approved his hiring at their July 23 meeting.

He was also the unanimous choice of three panels -- first responders, administrators and dispatchers -- who interviewed the six finalists for the job last week, said Tom Homan, Delaware city manager and chairman of the 911 advisory board that is overseeing the consolidation of the city's and county's 911 services.

Greenlaw brings with him considerable experience in consolidation of emergency services and was "exactly the type of candidate we were looking for," Homan told the commissioners.

In one instance, he stepped into "difficult circumstances" when he completed a consolidation of two county emergency service divisions, a process that had been ongoing for 12 years, in just three months, said Bruce Pijanowski, interim 911 director.

He also consolidated the emergency services of 17 municipalities, which people described "as nothing short of a miracle," Pijanowski told the commissioners.

Greenlaw will assume his new position on Aug. 17.

Greenlaw has 40 years' experience in public safety, as a volunteer and a professional, and 25 years in the private sector, according to his resume.

Most recently he was the interim director of Blaine County emergency communications in Hadley, Idaho, under a consulting contract. He oversaw the consolidation of police, sheriff, fire and EMS communications for all municipalities in the county, and helped design and equip a new communications center.

Prior to that, he was executive director of Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch, which is owned by 17 municipalities in New Jersey. There he helped organize and build a consolidated communications center.

He retired in 2006 and formed his consulting company.