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Search for director narrowed to three

Officials have narrowed down a list of finalists in contention for director of the Red River Regional Dispatch Center to three people. The finalists include a woman with dispatch experience, a local Drug Enforcement Agency agent and a Grand Forks, N.

Officials have narrowed down a list of finalists in contention for director of the Red River Regional Dispatch Center to three people.

The finalists include a woman with dispatch experience, a local Drug Enforcement Agency agent and a Grand Forks, N.D., police lieutenant.

Members of the center's board of authority decided during a two-hour meeting Wednesday that they will set up interviews with the candidates and then conduct a background check on the lead candidate. A steering committee gave the board a list of nine candidates last month, but in total, 10 people were considered, said Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney.

The finalists are Byron Sieber, Faith Mendoza and Jeffrey Behrmann. Sieber was not listed as one of the nine finalists forwarded by the steering committee.

In 1996, Sieber was named one of eight finalists for the chief's position at the Grand Forks Police Department, according to Forum archives.

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Behrmann is Fargo's resident agent in charge for the DEA. Mendoza has previous dispatch experience, Laney said.

The board is filling the position of former Director Kathy Colvin, who resigned in May after being placed on paid leave. On Wednesday, the dispatch board named Maureen Nelson to serve as interim director until the position is filled.

Also Wednesday, the board attempted to go into executive session to discuss negotiating strategies regarding the purchase of a computer-aided dispatch and records management system.

The meeting remained open after an assistant city attorney informed the board that proper notice had not been given regarding executive session. The discussion has been rescheduled for Friday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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